by: Blake Hanson Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A Charlotte doctor trusted to care for babies is accused of exposing himself at the North Carolina Welcome Center on Interstate 77, according to police reports.
The parents of some his patients were stunned to hear about his arrest.
Dr. Alan Cherer, a neonatal specialist from Carolinas Medical Center - Northeast, is on administrative leave after he was arrested on indecent exposure charges.
Several parents told Channel 9 Cherer was a fine doctor and that they couldn't believe what police said happened at the rest stop.
Kasey Ridenhour is grateful her baby son is home safe and healthy after being treated at the NICU at CMC - Northeast a few months ago.
Cherer was one of her son's physicians.
“He was pretty nice to us and other patients and other parents that I've seen," Ridenhour said.
Police won’t say how Cherar was caught but only that they received a call on July 16 from the North Carolina Welcome Center for "suspicious activity."
“I never would have imagined this at all,” Ridenhour said. “Completely shocked.”
Channel 9 reviewed online records that said Cherer worked as a neonatologist specializing in the care of newborns. Channel 9 checked his medical license and found no history of problems.
“You don't know any more. You don't and it's scary,” Ridenhour said.
Channel 9 is asking police more about exactly what happened during the incident at the rest stop.
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