COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Last month Cookeville detectives were going over surveillance video frame by frame looking for any clues to help identify a man seen going in a Sonic Drive-In restroom to expose himself to women.
"Obviously I wasn't thinking about much during the time or I wouldn't have done something like that," 20-year-old Kyle Kolath.
Kolath says on two different Saturday mornings this summer after a night of drinking he snuck into the women's restroom, pulled down his pants, sat on the toilet and waited for a woman to walk in.
"I guess just in a bad place in life and chose to do something stupid," he said.
Police say Kolath exposed himself to an employee and a customer on two separate occasions. The customer, who went to get her husband, barely missed Kolath as he slipped out the door.
At the time, police worried rape may be his next step. Kolath says nothing could be further from the truth.
"I'm certainly not a threat to anybody and I'll certainly never do anything like that again," he said Wednesday.
Kolath says the adrenaline rush of getting caught was too tempting, but insists he wasn't out to hurt out anyone and is doing everything he can to get his life back on track.
He offered the following to the two women who walked in to find him:
"I would say I'm deeply apologetic. Had the roles been reversed and it was my wife or God forbid my daughter I would just be irate and I wouldn't blame them for being that way. So all I can is I'm sorry," he said.
Kolath claims he is pleading guilty to indecent exposure.
Police believe he could also be tied to other flashings in Algood, which is also in Putnam County.