WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) – A man with a history of stalking women was charged Friday for the indecent assault of a high school student in Westmoreland County.

North Huntingdon Police arrested 50-year-old David Lee Pennington and charged him with indecent assault following a frightening incident involving a Norwin High School student.

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Folks living near where the incident happened are wary.

“Well, it’s a little bit of a concern to hear that something’s going on in your neighborhood,” said resident Becky Cox. “We have kids that go out and play, and you just wanna trust they’re gonna be safe.”

According to police, Pennington grabbed a female student as she waited for a bus Thursday morning. The bus stop is along Westchester Drive in the Country Hills neighborhood of North Huntingdon.

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Police say he groped her, then she screamed and he ran into some nearby woods.

The school district got the suspect’s description and alerted all parents with a robo-call. The media was also given similar information along with a description. Police say it looks like that paid off.

“I think that’s a relief,” Cox said. “As a parent, you want to know that they are doing their job and keeping the streets safe for your kids.”

Police say Pennington has a criminal history. He was arrested by Irwin Police for stalking and harassment. Pennington served 23 months in prison. He remains in jail as of Friday.

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