Authorities seek man flashing high school girls

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Ron DiQuattro, head coach for the Columbus High School varsity softball team, says he's beyond fed up with a man who has been showing his private parts to the student athletes, pulling up alongside the team's bus as they make their way back to town from away games.

"There's a lot of sick people with problems out there. I'm definitely worried. He'd flash a little red pointer into the window to catch the girl's attention and once he got their attention, they looked over and he turned on the light inside his car and he'd expose himself in front of the kids," DiQuattro told News Leader 9.

The first incident occurred while a group of softball athletes were returning from Houston County, GA on August 23rd. That school bus was traveling down Highway 96.

The second and third incidents occurred Tuesday evening on Interstate 185 in Hamilton, GA while a volleyball and a softball team were returning home.

"All three times, a laser beam was used to draw the attention of the riders who were on the bus at the time and these are underage children. They are high school students at Columbus High. Each time, the observers saw that he was indeed nude," Muscogee County School District spokeswoman Valerie Fuller said.

The softball coach doesn't think the serial flasher is connected to any of the players or Columbus High, thinking maybe he found the team's schedule online and followed the buses.

"This is sexual abuse. This isn't something that Columbus High School coaching staff or parents or kids are taking lightly and no one in the community needs to take lightly and I'm confident law enforcement is not going to take it lightly. Once we find this guy, we're going to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law," the coach added.

The man is described as a heavy-set black man, late 30s to early 40s, driving a silver, light blue or tan Mazda 3. Coaches were able to write down his tag number: RA4769. 

If captured he would face public indecency charges, according to police.

Authorities in Houston and Harris counties are investigating since that's where the encounters occurred and school officials in Muscogee County have sent letters notifying parents about the flashing incidents.

In the meantime, coaches for Columbus High School's volleyball and softball teams have stepped up their safety procedures. Players are prohibited from going off by themselves at games.

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