A man who allegedly claimed to have a "urination fetish" was arrested and charged on Tuesday after investigators say he exposed himself to nearly a dozen young girls near a middle school in Norristown, Pa.
Angel Aponte-Rodriguez, 39, was arrested Tuesday morning along the 1400 block of Markley Street.
The location is near Eisenhower Middle School, where police say Rodriguez repeatedly exposed himself to female students between the ages of 12 and 14.
Investigators say the first incident occurred back on February 25. A 13-year-old girl told police she was walking to school near the 1500 block of Markley Streets when she heard a loud cough. The girl says she looked up and saw an older man in the driveway with his penis exposed.
Police say eight other young girls reported seeing the same man in the same area on February 25 exposing himself.
Two other young girls also reported to police that they were walking to school on March 12 when they spotted the same man on the 1400 block of Markley Street. The girls told investigators the man's penis was exposed and he was fondling himself.
Tuesday morning, while children were walking to school, police were conducting surveillance near the 1500 block of Markley Streets. Police say they spotted the suspect, later identified as Rodriguez, standing in the area of Powell and Brown Streets and watching the young girls as they walked by.
Investigators say Rodriguez began to follow several of the girls when he was approached by the officers. Police say Rodriguez's pants were fully unzipped with the crotch area open.
He was arrested and taken into custody.
Officials tell NBC10 that Rodriguez is a contractor who moved to Norristown from Puerto Rico a few months ago.
According to investigators, Rodriguez confessed to the crimes but told detectives he only exposed himself to the young girls because he had a “urination fetish" and enjoyed urinating in front of people.
Rodriguez is charged with indecent exposure, open lewdness, corruption of minors and other related offenses. He was arraigned with bail set at $5,000 cash.
Eisenhower Middle School was also the scene of the attempted abduction of a 14-year-old girl last month. However, Rodriguez is not connected to that incident, which is still under investigation, according to officials.