CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The man accused of exposing himself in front of schoolgirls made his first court appearance Friday.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police charged 37-year-old Eric Henderson with two counts of indecent exposure and indecent liberties with a child linked to two of eight recent flashing cases, five of them at Charlotte school bus stops.
In court, a judge ordered that if Henderson is able to post his secured bond and be released, he must wear an electronic monitor. He's due back in court next week.
Court records showed police charged him with at least four similar crimes in the last two years, including one in 2017 when they accused him of exposing himself at a bus stop.
While officers haven't linked the man to the other recent cases at this point, Ebony Thompson said her 8-year-old daughter is now living in fear.
"I just heard a loud screaming; it was just like someone was being attacked and I was like, ‘Whose child is that?’” she said. "I ran to the door and when I opened it, she was shaking, crying. She was hysterical."
Her daughter’s case is one of eight reported to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police since February, all accusing a man of exposing himself to school girls between the ages of 8 and 18.
The string of indecent exposure cases is a reminder that occasionally bus stops become crime scenes. CMPD crime records show the department took nearly 230 reports of bus stop crimes in 2017 and 2018. Those numbers include CATS bus stops, too.