UPDATE: Child calls 911 to report indecent exposure outside recreation center
By WRCB Staff
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
UPDATE: A Chattanooga man is facing charges after police said he exposed himself to two children and solicited sex acts outside a community recreation center.
Charles Hicks, 50, is charged with indecent exposure and solicitation of a minor.
According to court documents, an 11-year-old boy called 911 to report the incident, which happened outside Carver Recreation Center on North Orchard Knob Avenue.
Many kids play at neighborhood rec center, and parents are upset after finding out the man accused of doing this is one of their own neighbors.
Two 11-year-olds told police they were riding a skateboard at the rec center on Saturday when Charles Hicks allegedly exposed himself.
The next day, the same boy and girl were playing near the intersection of Citico and Orchard Knob Ave., just a few blocks away, when according to police, Hicks exposed himself, again. This time, he asked the children for sexual favors.
"It really makes me sick. It makes me want to vomit," one neighbor said. "That really disappoints me and it breaks my heart to hear stuff like that going on."
Police documents show Hicks lives just a few blocks from the rec center.
After school, the neighborhood streets are busy with children playing outside.
The incident has parents wanting to keep their kids in sight. Many are relieved Hicks is off the street, for now.
"It's really bad around here," the neighbor said. "That's one of the reasons why we're praying for Chattanooga. Because it's bad."
Hicks is currently in the Hamilton County Jail on a $6,000 bond.
His criminal history dates back to 2006, and includes several drug and theft charges.
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Police arrested Charles L.C. Hicks, 50, on Sunday and charged him with indecent exposure and solicitation of a minor.
According to court documents, an 11-year-old boy called 911 to report the incident which occurred outside the Carver Recreation Center on North Orchard Knob Avenue. The boy told police Hicks approached him and an 11-year-old girl, exposed his genitals and requested sex acts.
Police located Hicks and placed him under arrest. He is being held in the Hamilton County Jail on a $6,000 bond awaiting a May 31 court hearing.
Hicks is no stranger to police. His criminal history in Hamilton County dates back to 2006 and includes several drug and theft charges.