A Covington-area teenager has been arrested after exposing his genitals to a young girl as she walked home from a bus stop. Detectives are now looking for other girls who may be victims.
The 16-year-old boy was arrested on March 21st and booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on obscenity charges. The teen exposed his genitals twice to a 12-year-old girl as she walked home from her bus stop in the River Oaks subdivision.
The victim told St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives she was walking home when a teenage boy pulled up next to her in in a white Honda Accord and asked for directions. When she answered him, the boy asked her to come closer because he couldn’t hear. As the girl walked closer, she observed the teen had his pants pulled down and was manipulating his genitals as she approached. She immediately went home, and her parents contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The responding deputy located the teenage boy, still inside of his vehicle, in the River Oaks subdivision. As the deputy attempted to detain the boy, he resisted arrest and began threatening the deputy. He was eventually taken into custody and was charged with resisting an officer and two counts of obscenity.
Detectives have since received numerous reports of a teen, matching the same description and driving the same car, approaching other young girls in the Arbor Walk, River Oaks and Riverwood subdivisions earlier this month. In all cases, the teen attempted to get the girls to approach his vehicle by asking for directions. He was described as a black male, wearing glasses, and was wearing what appeared to be a school uniform in some of the instances.
All of the incidents occurred while buses were dropping off children in the afternoon hours.
Sheriff Randy Smith stated, “We would like to thank the residents, particularly those living in River Oaks, for their help in gathering information about this suspect. Our citizens are the eyes and ears of our community.”
If anyone has any information about this case, or is a victim, please call Detective Yvette Williams at 985-276-1326. This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges are possible.
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