10-year-old girl 'forcibly touched' on MTA bus in Nashville - WSMV News 4

10-year-old girl 'forcibly touched' on MTA bus in Nashville

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Police are working to identify this man in connection with the incident. (Source: Metro Nashville PD) Police are working to identify this man in connection with the incident. (Source: Metro Nashville PD)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Metro police are working to find a man who they say is their person of interest in the case of a sex crime against a child.

Officials say a 10-year-old girl was riding an MTA bus on Friday when the man sitting next to her forcibly touched her.

He then got off the bus at 4:20 p.m. near 18th Avenue North and Church Street.

Investigators have not been able to locate him since.

"It's horrible. It's the worst thing that can happen. I mean, it's one thing for me, I'm 26, so if I'm in danger I can deal with it, but to have the youth and her being 10 years old, it's horrible," said Clay Andrews, who rides MTA buses several times a day.

Those who ride the bus worry it could happen again if police don't find their suspect soon.

"I mean, if it happened that time, there's no reason why it couldn't just present itself again," said MTA rider Maurice Martin.

The victim described the man as having a very large nose. She said he smelled like alcohol and his clothes were in disarray.

"I hope they find him most definitely because that ain't cool, ain't nothing cool about that," said Martin.

Anyone who recognizes the person of interest from the bus surveillance photos is urged to call the Sex Crimes Office at 615-862-7540 or Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward. Persons can also send an electronic tip by texting the word “CASH” along with the message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com.

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