Salisbury musician charged with exposing himself to hotel employee

Published 11:07 am Friday, October 20, 2017

SALISBURY — A local musician has turned himself in to police a month after a hotel employee said the man exposed himself to her while she was patrolling the parking lot.

The Salisbury Police Department served outstanding warrants on Matthew Ferrell Church, 33, of the 400 block of Neazer Street, Rockwell, on Thursday after he turned himself in, officials said. He was released on a written promise to appear in court Nov. 16.

The incident occurred about 1:20 a.m. Sept. 20 in the Hampton Inn parking lot when an employee was making rounds at the Klumac Road hotel. Police say Church was seen driving an older model silver Honda Civic. He drove through the parking lot as the employee was walking in the area and asked her if there were any rooms available.

The woman pointed the man toward the hotel lobby and told him to check inside with the hotel staff. The employee told police she believed the man was leaving the parking lot, but he circled around and exposed his genitals.

In the same week, Church was embroiled in a controversy surrounding a performance at a local restaurant. Church was supposed to perform at Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery & Eatery for a show billed as family-friendly. Some people took issue with him performing there because he had a pending court case that involves soliciting a 12-year-old for sex online.

The story prompted a lot of conversation on social media, and the owners of the restaurant decided to cancel the show.

In September, the Post spoke with Church’s attorney, Carlyle Sherrill, about the pending case. Sherrill said that after talking with Church and investigators, he did not believe anything occurred between Church and the young girl other than conversation.

The felony case against Church is still pending. He is expected in court later this month.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.