Deputies say man exposed himself to juvenile girl near school

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a man accused of exposing himself to a young girl.

The alleged incident occurred at 4 p.m. on last Thursday at a parking lot in the 2200 block of Decker Boulevard. The site of the incident is in proximity to Richland Northeast High School, according to the sheriff’s department.

An older black male approached a juvenile female, according to the sheriff’s department report. The man asked the girl to come to his vehicle and help him with his phone. When the juvenile came toward the car, the man exposed himself to her.

The man is described by the sheriff’s department as an older black male with a graying facial hair. He was driving a white four-door Subaru or station wagon type vehicle.

A similar incident occurred at 4:20 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Ridge View High School.
In that incident, deputies said, a juvenile boy was solicited for a sex act by a black male. The sheriff’s department said the suspect was driving a white, four-door type (Chevy) SUV. The man was possibly wearing a long wig or weave.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department believes that the same man approached two juveniles in two separate incidents.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC,

Richland School District Two officials issued an advisory to parents. It said:

This week, law enforcement and a school administrator received reports of a suspicious person around neighborhoods in Lake Carolina and The Summit. According to some reports, the person attempted to make contact with students as they walked to or from school or their bus stops.
We have not received reports of any harm coming to our students. School administrators are working with School Resource Officers and others from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department who are investigating the reports.

Parents, we ask for you help in reporting any suspicious behavior to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. When making a report, please include as much detail as possible and contact law enforcement as soon as possible after noticing the suspicious behavior. Also, please help us remind students to come straight home from bus stops or school and not to speak to or take rides from strangers.

The advisory was issued for students in Sandlapper, Killian, North Springs, Rice Creek, Bridge Creek, Lake Carolina Upper and Lower elementary schools; Summit Parkway and Kelly Mill middle schools; and Ridge View High School.