by: Tina Terry Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Local police said Thursday that they were close to making an arrest in a bizarre crime.
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg School bus driver said a man pulled up beside her school bus fondling himself several times this school year. Investigators said it happened at different times of the day as she drove down Mount Holly-Huntersville Road in North Charlotte.
In a police report, the bus driver said the same man pulled up alongside her with his pants down to his knees or ankles and exposed himself. He even fondled himself at times.
Police wouldn't say exactly how many times it happened, but they said it happened several times before the driver ever filed the report. Parents were outraged by the news.
"That's exposing your children to sexual activity that they have no business being exposed to at that age," said Deanna Creighton-Mebane.
After the bus driver told police, they asked her to take pictures of the flasher's car and take down his license plate number, which helped them identify a suspect and then interview him this week.
They said he admitted to it and they're hoping to make an arrest soon.
Eyewitness News asked police if children were in the bus during these incidents. They said in the most recent incidents no students were on the bus, but they couldn't comment on the older incidents.
Police: Man accused of fondling himself at bus stop
Lowe's announces 525 layoffs, including 430 at corporate office in Mooresville
Erica Parsons to be laid to rest 5 years after disappearance
Health Department failed to notify nearly 200 women of abnormal test results
Pilot radioed in 'Mayday' call before Australian plane crash