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Sheriff: Man exposed himself to children on school bus

Sheriff: Man exposed himself to children on school bus

Sheriff: Man exposed himself to children on school bus

James Kelley Catron

A 39-year-old man exposed himself as students boarded a Bulloch County school bus Thursday morning, and then undercover sheriff's investigators caught the suspect doing the same thing Friday, the sheriff's office said.

On Thursday, Board of Education transportation supervisors contacted the sheriff's office
"regarding incidents involving a school bus running its morning route" on U.S. Highway 80 West, Sheriff Lynn Anderson said in a news release issued Friday.

The supervisors indicated that a student riding on a school bus on Highway 80 West had seen a white male driving a light gray Chevrolet Suburban pull up next to the bus - as students boarded - and expose himself. The student also saw the man perform other lewd acts, Anderson said.

The student who saw the lewd behavior is older than 17 and provided a detailed description of both the suspect and vehicle, the sheriff said.

Based on this information, investigators set up surveillance on the school bus as it traveled on Highway 80 West in an attempt to contact the suspect if he showed up again.

On Friday, undercover sheriff's office investigators following the school bus noticed a Chevrolet Suburban exactly like the one described by the student begin to trail the bus as it approached Statesboro. As the bus slowed down to pick up children at the same stop at which the other lewd incidents took place, the vehicle pulled up behind the bus, Anderson said.

The investigators initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, identified as James Kelley Catron, 39, of Colfax Road West, "was found to be in the process of exposing himself as reported previously," Anderson said.

Catron was taken into custody immediately. The students on the bus were not aware of Catron's actions, and the bus proceeded on from the location, the sheriff said.

Catron was transported to the Bulloch County Jail and charged with three counts of public indecency.

In 2011, Catron was convicted of public indecency in Bulloch County State Court for a similar incident. He was also incarcerated in 1998 for cruelty to a child, and a hold has been placed on his release by State Probation, the sheriff said.


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