LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jena Johnson - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Tyler County man who they believe exposed himself on at least three occasions to children riding as passengers on U.S. 69, between Huntington and Zavalla.
Inv. Mike Jones said Clifton Earl Chessher, 45, has been charged with three counts of child indecency for exposing himself to a woman and her two children in late January, and two other times with school buses with children, the latest on April 13.
According to the arrest affidavit, the mother told Jones that Chessher was standing next to his truck, partially in the road near Zavalla, with his pants down to his ankles and fondling himself as she drove by. She said she had to swerve to avoid hitting him. As she passed by, he made eye contact with her and continued fondling himself.
The woman called the Zavalla Police Department and reported the incident. A Zavalla Police Officer questioned Chessher, who denied fondling himself and said he was only urinating.
"I think it's disgusting," one mother of a child on the bus, who wished to remain anonymous, said. "I think that anybody that even has those thoughts of a child in their mind, they need to be behind bars. I have no sympathy for him whatsoever."
Jones said the sheriff's office has nicknamed Chessher the "Highway Flasher." Bond has not yet been set for him.
"That's exactly what we teach our kids to stay away from and they're right here on a county back road waiting for our children to come by on a bus," the mother said.
Jones says Chessher has a violent criminal history. But this is his first suspected crime against children.
"It always make you worry," Jones said. "Is he going to take it to the next level? Is he going to try to take a child or harm a child."
"It makes you wonder what he's doing when he goes home you know is he just waiting on the next bus run?" the mother said. "I mean that's our kids."
With Chessher behind bars, these mothers feel better about putting their kids back on the bus.
"He's probably luckier he got arrested than a parent seeing him do that to their children," the mother said.