COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - St. Tammany Parish deputies arrested a Covington teenager whom they said exposed his genitals to a young girl as she walked home from the bus stop.
Detectives are now looking for other girls who may be victims.
The 16-year-old boy, who deputies won't identify because of his age, was arrested on March 21 and booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on obscenity charges. According to deputies, 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 alleged victim told detectives that she was walking home when a teenage boy pulled up next to her in a white Honda Accord and asked for directions. She said when she answered him, the teen asked her to come closer because he couldn't hear her. When she got closer to the car, the girl told deputies that the teen had his pants pulled down and was masturbating.
The girl went home and told her parents, who then contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. The responding deputy found the teen still inside of his car in the same subdivision.
As the deputy tried to detain him, the teen allegedly resisted arrest and began threatening the deputy. He was eventually taken into custody and was booked with resisting an officer and two counts of obscenity.
Detectives have since received several 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, deputies say the teen tried to get the girls to come closer to his car by asking for directions. He was described as a black male wearing glasses and 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.
"We would like to thank the residents, particularly those living in River Oaks, for their help in gathering information about this suspect," Sheriff Randy Smith said. "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.