By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer
Sharon police Chief Michael Menster arrested a man he said exposed himself to five teenage girls as they walked to school Thursday morning.
Justin Fay Moore, 23, of 8230 Drake Stateline Road, Burghill, was greeted by Menster knocking on his front door at about 3 p.m. and was interviewed by police at that time.
Menster said Moore is to turn himself in Friday morning on a warrant out of District Justice Dennis Songer’s office where he will be arraigned on charges of corruption of minors, indecent exposure, and open lewdness.
Sharon police received several calls beginning at 7:15 a.m. Thursday of a man in a gold- or champagne-colored minivan exposing himself to kids making their way to Sharon Middle/High School, Menster said.
Moore pulled alongside three teenage girls walking near the intersection of Linden Street and Jefferson Avenue in Sharon at 7:15 a.m., exposed himself, masturbated, then drove off, Menster said.
A half hour later, he did the same to two teenage girls at Meek Street and 4th Avenue, Menster said.
“In both instances he didn’t say anything, he didn’t try to get the girls into the van or to abduct them,” Menster said.
A “be on the lookout” was issued to all police in the county for the van with the description of a white man in his thirties with short or balding hair and a chubby face, wearing a blue muscle shirt and possibly tan shorts driving.
Menster spoke to Michael Calla, acting superintendent of Sharon schools, who immediately notified the staff at the schools and put Case Avenue and Sharon Middle High School on lockdown.
Calla and Menster came up with a plan to step up security around all schools in the city.
Around 12:30 p.m., Menster issued a press release asking for help from the public in catching the van.
“Sharon police and school security will be patrolling heavily around all the schools,” Menster said.
Calla sent out a schoolwide safety message to each student’s household informing them of the situation.
He asked parents to inform their kids about the incident and have them report any suspicious behavior to a school official or to their parents.
At about 2:50 p.m., just before school let out at the middle/high school, and minutes after Calla’s message went out to parents, police received information on the vehicle and went to Moore’s residence and arrested him.
Calla said school security is always there at the forefront of the district’s concerns.
He said he was very pleased with the open communication from the police and response from everyone involved.
“Today was a great example of the system working,” Calla said.