Parent Brenda Thomas talks about flasher who approached 10-year-old neighbor girl on Thursday
Neighborhood Watch sign in Cherokee County's Twin Pines subdivision
Parent Jayne Sperry talks about flasher who approached 10-year-old neighbor girl on Thursday
Street in Cherokee County's Twin Pines subdivision where a flasher approached a 10-year-old girl
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Several sheriff cars, marked and unmarked, followed school buses as they dropped off their precious cargo in the Twin Pines neighborhood off Kellogg Creek Road Friday afternoon.
The special escort was prompted by a flasher who approached a young girl a day earlier.
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"It makes me really angry that somebody would do that to a small child," said parent Jayne Sperry, who was at the same bus stop Friday with the family dog, George, to walk her middle school daughter home.
Cherokee County Sheriff Lt. Jay Baker told 11 Alive a man in a white car apparently followed a bus into the neighborhood Thursday afternoon and then drove up to a 10-year-old girl as she walked a block to her house.
"(He) motioned to her, she backed off, but was able to see that he was exposing himself to her," Baker said.
"He made some inappropriate comments to her; she screamed and ran home, which is exactly what she should have done," he added.
Lt. Baker said two adults also got a glimpse of the man and his car as he sped off.
Sheriff cars patrolled the neighborhood throughout the day Friday to calm nervous and angry residents.
"My daughter said later that she heard her screaming coming up the street, but didn't think it was an alarm, terror scream," said parent Brenda Thomas.
"She thought she was just playing, didn't think anything about it until we heard this stuff on the news," she added.
What makes this flasher even more frightening is that he isn't the first to have approached a child in the same neighborhood.
"Maybe over a year ago, something similar happened in this subdivision and we're following up on that as well," said Lt. Baker, who added that the first suspect was never caught.
In addition to checking on registered sex offenders who live in the area, Baker said investigators are also hampered by the fact that the neighborhood sits near the borders of neighboring Cobb and Bartow Counties, not far from I-75.
Baker said the child and two adults who saw Thursday's flasher described him as a heavy set white male with salt and pepper hair, driving an older model, white, foreign-made sedan.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 911.