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Police: Man faces stalking charges for watching children

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Jay R. Hilsher Jay R. Hilsher
MANHEIM, Pa. (WHTM) -

A 60-year-old man faces stalking charges for reportedly touching himself inappropriately while watching children in Lancaster County.

On March 25, Manheim Borough Police were dispatched to East Fairview Church of the Brethren in the 1100 block of Fairview Road for reports of a suspicious person in a car on their property.

Witnesses described the vehicle as an older "beat up" maroon sedan, and the man behind the wheel was an older white male. They told officials that he appeared to be watching children.

According to witnesses, the man had exited his vehicle and walked around the church, all while watching children.

Police said the suspect returned on April 2 and watched children, but he didn't leave his vehicle and left the premises before the witnesses could contact him.

The suspect was seen again on April 14, and this time a witness was able to write down the vehicle's registration. Using this information, police identified the suspect as 60-year-old Jay R. Hilsher of Hossler Road in Manheim.

On April 15, police interviewed Hilsher, who admitted to watching children and touching himself several times at various locations around Rapho and Penn townships and Manheim Borough.

Hilsher was charged with one count of stalking. His bail was set at $10,000. Hilsher's next scheduled court appearance is April 29.

Police are asking for information from individuals who may have seen the suspect or his vehicle in the area. People who wish to report similar incidents involving the suspect are asked to contact Detective Jeffrey Kiesel at 717-665-2481.

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