PHOENIXVILLE - A Pottstown man was ordered at district court Thursday afternoon to stand trial on indecent exposure charges after he allegedly exposed himself to a borough woman at the Phoenixville Plaza last month.

According to court testimony, the victim, whose name is being withheld by The Phoenix, said she came into contact with Gabriel Annable, 28, of the 1000 block of South Street, Pottstown at the Phoenixville Plaza, 700 Nutt Road, Phoenixville at 4:20 p.m. July 8.

"I was walking to my vehicle when I noticed a brown sedan driving around the parking lot," she said. "The man driving the sedan was staring at me the entire time as he drove around."

The victim testified she entered her vehicle and while she sat in the driver's seat, the man, later identified as Annable, pulled the sedan into an empty parking space directly beside her. She said she became fearful of Annable, and decided to go back into one of the stores in the plaza because her car wouldn't start.

"When I stepped out of my vehicle, I could see inside the Sedan," said the victim. "He had his pants pulled down and his (private area) was exposed. He was looking at me and was (manipulating) himself."

The victim said Annable soon pulled out of the parking space, and she copied down his license plate number.

Police ran a records check on the license plate, revealing the vehicle was a 1988 Oldsmobile, owned by Annable. Police contacted Annable and during an interview with police at the police station, he admitted to being in the parking lot of the plaza on July 8. He also admitted to engaging in the indecent exposure, and performing the lewd act that the victim described.

Annable gave a written statement to the police in which he detailed his involvement in the crime.

After hearing all of the testimony, District Justice Ted Michaels held the charges over for trial.

Annable is charged with indecent exposure; open lewdness; disorderly conduct; and harassment and stalking.

He was remanded back to Chester County Prison in lieu of ten percent of $50,000 bail.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, August 12, 2004.

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