Ex-convict arrested for exposing himself to teenage girl
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- The South Florida man who was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to a teenage girl at a school bus stop has a long criminal record that includes serving a 20-year prison sentence, investigators said.
Broward Sheriff's Office deputies took Reginald Johnson, 41, into custody Sunday night and charged him with lewd and lascivious exhibition.
Back on April 23, deputies said Johnson walked outside his apartment, exposed himself to a 14-year-old and began to masturbate in front of her while she waited for her school bus at 1200 N.W. Third Ave. Police said the student identified Johnson as the man who had been displaying his genitals to her early in the morning.
BSO Sgt. Aimee Alexander of the Special Victims Unit said they had been investigating Johnson since before the April 23 incident. "In early April we began an investigation involving a gentleman that we believed was masturbating near bus stop in Pompano," she said.
Police said Johnson's apartment, which was located across the street from the bus stop, gave him direct access to students who were waiting there weekday mornings.
Deputies believe the subject may have targeted more victims. "During that investigation, the victim relayed to us that there were other girls that also witnessed this gentleman masturbating near the bus stop. So, we believe there are additional victims who are maybe too shy or embarrassed to tell anybody about what they might have saw," said Alexander.
Nearby resident Michael Green said there might be as many as 100 students at any given day standing at the bus stop where Johnson allegedly exposed himself. "That's a lot of girls; three or four buses stop right there, maybe 100 kids," he said.
Johnson's next door neighbor said he his live-in girlfriend was shocked at the allegations. "It ain't no pretty picture, if that's what he was doing," said Lue Mae Fluellen.
At his bond hearing, Broward County Judge John Hurley called Johnson a danger to the Pompano Beach community where he lives. Johnson's mother accompanied her son to the hearing and rose to his defense. "He's a good boy; I can't believe that he did something like this," she said.
Authorities said Johnson claims he was just going to the bathroom. Investigators said Johnson has a long criminal record, which Judge Hurley indicated at his hearing. "He's been convicted of robbery, armed burglary, aggravated battery, looting, robbery with a firearm twice," he said. Investigators said he had just finished serving a 20-year prison sentence for armed robbery.
"We don't need this behind here, behind the kids," said a concerned neighbor.
Police are asking parents to talk to their school-age children who use that bus stop to verify whether they may have seen Johnson. He is being held at the Broward County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
If you have any information on this crime, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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