A registered sexual predator was arrested Friday after he invited a 12-year-old girl into his car and exposed himself to her, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.
Eric Roper, 28, drove near the girl on Long Street in Lakeland as she was walking to school and asked if she wanted a ride, officials said. The girl refused and threatened to call police, and Roper then stepped from the car and exposed himself, police said.
The girl ran to a nearby house, where the residents called for help. PCSO detectives said they confirmed Roper's location during the incident through a GPS device he is required to wear.
Roper is listed as a transient with no known address. He was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping and lewd exhibition.
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