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Man wearing girls’ underwear slaps backside of 14-year-old girl at bus stop

By Mason White 6:35 PM February 26, 2017
William Walsh
William Walsh
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A man who loves to wear girls’ underwear, was seen lurking at a bus stop and trying to lure girls with a photo of a dog, according to police in Florida.

William Walsh, 52, of Bunnell, was charged with child abuse after he was identified as the suspect in an incident at the intersection of State Road 100 and McCormick Drive, near the Madison Green apartments.

According to witnesses, Walsh was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk and when he passed a 14-year-old girl who walked by in the opposite direction.

Walsh then slapped her on the buttocks.

Last Friday, deputies were alerted by a parent whose child rides a bus that stops at a bus stop near S.R. 100 and McCormick Drive, that an unknown man approached her daughter and tried to lure her away by showing her a drawing of a lost dog.

Deputies interviewed other children at the bus stop and got a good description of the man. He was described as white, in his late 40s, with a scruffy beard, and 6 feet tall, usually wearing a baseball cap.

Deputies searched near the bus stop later Friday. Walsh rode toward the apartment complex and turned around when he saw a deputy.

The deputy stopped Walsh, who said he was headed home, but he lives in Bunnell, not at the Palm Coast apartment complex.

Walsh had two plastic bags on his bicycle, containing three pairs of girls’ underwear. In addition, he was observed to be wearing girls’ underwear when he was searched.

He was arrested and remains held at the Flagler County jail on $5,000 bail.

Parents were urged to talk with children, show them the suspect’s photo, and look for changes in their children’s behavior that may signify they have experienced something inappropriate, the sheriff said.

“In these kinds of cases, it’s rare to get caught the first or second time. It wouldn’t surprise me if there are more victims, although we hope there are none,” Staly said.