HIGHLAND | A man who allegedly exposed himself to several girls during separate incidents along the Erie Lackawanna Trail last week is being sought by police.
Commander George Georgeff said the two incidents of indecent exposure occurred after school on Wednesday and Friday.
The second incident was immediately reported to a Highland police officer who was stationed in the rear parking lot of Highland Christian School.
The white male is described in the police report as being in his mid-20s to early 30s, approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He is nearly bald with very short, possibly blond hair and possibly brown eyes.
He is also described as clean-shaven and his clothes “appear to be clean and orderly,” the police report states.
In both cases, the man was sitting on the first bench just north of the footbridge next to the wooded area south of Lincoln Avenue along the bike path. One of the girls told police that the suspect may be slightly mentally challenged, according to the police report.
In the Wednesday incident, the man was wearing black sweat pants with white stripes and possibly a white T-shirt. The girl who filed the report on Friday said the man was wearing red pants, possibly sweat pants and a white T-shirt.
Georgeff said police learned about the Wednesday incident when the second girl made her report. She told the police officer that a younger girl or girls experienced the same situation two days before.
Highland police followed up on the first incident and learned that the younger girl was walking home from Highland Middle School with a friend when the man exposed himself, the police report said.
The girls turned east to go to Lincoln Street and the suspect continued walking north on the bike trail toward Ridge Road.
“She tried to stop an older female who was riding her bike to ask her to call the police, but the older female ignored her,” the police report said.
In the Wednesday incident, each girl’s parents thought the other would notify police, Georgeff said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Highland Police Department at (219) 838-3184 or the Tips Hotline at (219) 838-TIPS.