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Newburgh man accused of exposing himself to young girls speaks out

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Grimes is charged with public indecency, a misdemeanor. Grimes is charged with public indecency, a misdemeanor.
CHANDLER, IN (WFIE) -

A Warrick County man accused of exposing himself in front of young girls apologizes to the public Wednesday night.

This is an update to a story we reported over the weekend.

Police arrested 30-year-old Johnathon Grimes Monday.

Grimes has now bonded out of jail and Wednesday night, he told 14 News he is sorry for his actions, but the mom of one of the young girls says he stole her daughter's innocence and 'sorry' just doesn't cut it.

"I couldn't believe it, especially around our neighborhood."

The mom of one of the young girls asked not to be on video, but she showed us where it all happened.

In a quiet part of Chandler, police say Johnathon Grimes followed around young girls in his black four-door car. Police say they received reports on at least three occasions that he had his pants down and was touching himself in front of girls between the ages of 10 to 13.

"He exposed them to things they've never seen before and shouldn't see at that age," the mom of one of the girls told 14 NEWS.

The suspect was questioned on Sunday, but police waited until Monday to get a warrant for his arrest. Police say he first denied the activity, but then later admitted to it after three hours of interviews.

On Wednesday, Grimes posted a $2,500 cash bond, and we found him at his Newburgh home.

He told 14 News he is terribly sorry to his friends, family and anyone who saw anything.

"I don't know, I can't even put my head around it, it's a horrible thing and I can say it will never happen again," Grimes said when asked why he did what he did.

We asked Grimes if it was true that he told investigators little girls excited him, information given to 14 News. Grimes said, "No, that's totally wrong. No, what I told investigators is that I was driving around doing that and had tinted windows and didn't expect anyone to see anything, which doesn't make it right. It was stupid and shouldn't have happened."

The mom of one of the young girls agrees it never should have happened.

Grimes is charged with public indecency, a misdemeanor.

"He needs to get more than a slap on the wrist," the mom said. "I'm not going to stop until I get something changed to where this is more than a simple misdemeanor."

Police believe there could be more people who saw this activity take place. They ask anyone who saw anything to report it.

Grimes is awaiting his court date.

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