Austin American-Statesman – April 13, 2017

Austin police say a man masturbated in front of a woman and her four-year-old daughter as they were heading home from an East Austin school.

Rodrick Newsome, 36, is charged with indecency with a child by exposure, a third-degree felony punishable with up to 10 years in prison.

According to Newsome’s arrest affidavit, a woman was walking her daughter home from Norman Elementary School on Friday around 3:15 p.m. when a man, later identified as Newsome, yelled “Hey sexy. Hey baby” at them. Newsome had his pants down to his knees and was masturbating as he faced the victims, the affidavit said.

The woman said she and her daughter ran away and reported the incident to police, the document said. A witness said after the victims ran off, Newsome pulled up his pants and walked away, it said.

Around 4:30 p.m. that same day, police received a call from another woman who said a man was hiding under her residence at 1304 Delano Street. Police said after arriving they found Newsome hiding in the residential dumpster and arrested him, the affidavit said.

Newsome admitted approaching a woman and her child that day but denied he had masturbated in front of them, the document said.

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