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Victim of Manassas flasher speaks out

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A 12-year-old victim of a suspected flasher in Manassas is speaking out about the incident, saying he was shocked and frightened by the man who exposed himself.

This photo shows a man suspected of exposing himself to children.

The 12-year-old boy is one of at least three victims of a man who exposed himself or approached children in the Manassas community. The boy's description of the stranger is identical to an image snapped by a neighbor's cellphone camera and published in media reports.

In the middle of the day, the victim was heading down Coverstone Drive to play with friends when a man in a white jacket walked up and did the unexpected.

“He exposed himself to me and my friend. I was shocked,” the victim says, adding that the man didn't speak but appeared to pursue him.

“I was scared he was going to take me somewhere unsafe,” he victim says.

He ran back home, where his parents called Prince William County police. Now, everyone in this community is on the lookout, from parents and postal carriers to school bus drivers.

Ten days ago, a 6-year-old boy was approached by a man police believe is the same suspect. The suspect reportedly spoke to him with sexually charged language. The child ran home and police were called.

The suspicious man is also believed to have exposed himself to an adult near this children's party restaurant the same day he encountered the 12-year-old.

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