LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - He was discovered in a Lufkin park, allegedly getting sexual gratification from watching children play.
The story of Brian Johnson is a chilling reminder to East Texas parents, and a chance to help your kids understand there are real dangers out there that they need to be aware of. But, protecting your kids is not about living in fear. Nelda Cox knows what to do.
"When I come to the park with him, I never take my eyes off of him. Period," said Cox, a great-grandparent.
It is a lesson many may have learned when Brian Scott Johnson was charged with six counts of indecency with a child after he allegedly exposed himself in front of small children at the park, and at Wal-Mart. Rush said offenders are bold because they want to get caught.
"If they get caught and get questioned, they readily admit they feel very guilty about what they're doing and yet they feel compelled to do it," explained Allen E. Rush, a Licensed Professional Counselor.
It is a behavior that often starts in childhood.
"Dysfunctional family or perhaps even something even traumatic that happened to a child could later result in that child becoming an adult and having some type of sexual dysfunction," said Rush.
Unfortunately, those actions are often taken out on young children who don't know to report it.
"A child of six, for instance, may know that this is wrong because he's been told that, but he hasn't engrained that into his being to the level that it actually makes him uncomfortable the way it does us as adults," said Rush.
Rush said it is okay to take your kids to a park. Just make sure you keep an eye on them and you are aware of your surroundings. Be willing to sit down and talk with them if you need to.
For Cox, not being careful is inexcusable.
"There's too many things happening to small children, just to be careless and not watch them," said Cox. "There's no excuse for that."