Man who chased teen girl in Newark to spend six months in jail

Troy Heskettwas sentenced to six months after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges after masturbating in public and chasing a teen girl. (Courtesy Licking County Jail)

Troy Heskett, 36, was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to a pair of charges related to chasing a teen girl in early March.

People in Newark are breathing a sigh of relief.

"I am very happy," that's Bonnie Copley's reaction after finding out Troy Heskett Jr. was arrested March 9th.

On March 2nd, a teenage girl told authorities that while she was walking to school, the 36 year old man was masturbating to her near South 11th Street and Jefferson Street.

The girl tried to get away, but Heskett chased after her.

Copley was on her way to work, saw the teen and the man, and knew something was wrong, "It was obvious that he was chasing her so I pulled up along the road right ahead of where she would be and I put down the window said "do you need a ride and she said yes I do." So I threw open the door and she jumped in and I took her to school," said Copley.

Police tracked Heskett down to his home where he admitted to detectives that he chased the girl.

"I was worried he would try to bother someone else. There's a lot of young girls that walk to school and just cause he got away with it once might give him the nerve to try again," said Copley.

The encounter scares parents like Heather Cooper, "you want your kids to be safe at all times. Especially being a mom, you're always worried about your kids and who's watching them and what people are thinking," said Cooper.

Copley, a school bus driver for 16 years for Licking Valley Local School District, is happy she was at the right place at the right time to help, "I'm just thankful I was there to help. It could've had a very bad ending I'm sure."

Heskett Jr. was charged with public indecency and menacing.

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