JEANNETTE (KDKA) – There are new details today involving incidents in Westmoreland County of a man reportedly exposing himself to young girls.
Police say they have identified a suspect, and he will be charged with indecent exposure on Friday. The suspect is not in custody yet.
Meanwhile, the incidents have put parents, students and staff in the Jeannette School District on alert.
One incident happened Wednesday afternoon outside the Jeannette McKee Middle School.
Authorities say the middle school students were being dismissed when a man in a car with no plates allegedly pulled up and made an “obscene gesture.”
A few minutes later, a similar incident was reported on a street near the football stadium.
The students were not physically threatened in either incident, but both were reported to school officials.
School officials warned students about the incidents this morning and had janitors and other adults outside during the students’ arrival.
The Jeannette City School District released this statement: “An incident occurred yesterday afternoon at the Jeannette/McKee Elementary Middle School. This matter has been referred to the Jeannette Police Department. Parents were notified of the incident through the District’s voice messaging system. The District is cooperating fully with the Jeannette Police and taking all necessary precautions at the school.”
Students described the person in the car as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s.
One girl told police he had a “chubby” build.
The description of the suspect and his vehicle matched that of a man involved in two other incidents Wednesday in Hempfield.
Those incidents also targeted middle school girls. State police are now working with Jeannette Police on the investigation.