Harriman Police search for man who exposed himself to young girl

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HARRIMAN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- "Well, I think it's shocking and I don't know what makes people want to do things like that," said Aileen Lawson, a concerned shopper in Harriman.

It was about 5 p.m. Tuesday when Harriman police said a man walked up to an 11-year-old girl in Kroger and exposed himself.

"The adult never touched her, but he did expose himself. He put his arm out to stop her from leaving because she was going to leave," said Chief Randy Heidle, with the Harriman Police Department.

Heidle said the girl ducked under his arm and ran up the aisle to her parents, and the man took off.

"I have a problem with that - I'm the mother of four daughters. Yeah, wow," said shopper Cindy Slicker.

"When I was growing up, you didn't hear anything like that. And right now, that's just not a good thing for a little one to have to go through. I mean, it can be traumatic," said Laura McConnell.

Heidle said security video shows a stocky man in his 30s or 40s who is about 5'7" to 6' tall, with long greasy hair.

"I've made it a priority case - I told my detectives to drop everything, we're working on this, to get this guy. I don't want to see him in any other store doing the same thing," said Heidle.

Detectives said so far, there haven't been any other similar reports in the area.

Shoppers are hoping it will stay that way - and said they'll be keeping an extra-close eye on their kids.

Right now, detectives are looking at more surveillance footage to try to get a clear picture of the man's face. Chief Heidle said they've added extra patrols to Kroger to try to keep him from coming back.

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