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Indecent exposure arrest not suspect's first

LILBURN -- A Stone Mountain man accused of exposing himself to multiple kids last week has a history of sexually deviant behavior dating back a decade.

Hysunn Rowan, 36, turned himself in Tuesday night at the Lilburn Police Department and was booked on charges of child molestation and indecent exposure.

Rowan has been a registered sex offender since 1999, when he was convicted of public indecency. He last verified his DeKalb County residency in July and was not considered a predator, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Rowan had been a wanted man for a week, after he allegedly exposed himself and masturbated in front of several children at the Villa's apartment complex on Stone View Trail in Lilburn on Nov. 2.

Lilburn investigators soon learned that Gwinnett police were investigating a similar incident with a similar-looking man at Park Crossing Apartments in Lilburn.

In that incident, two girls selling candy for a dollar told police Rowan masturbated in front of them, according to a Gwinnett police report.

One girl told police the man was following them, so they ran away and told a leasing agent, who called police.

A Gwinnett police officer encountered Rowan that same day, but he reportedly ran into some woods and escaped. He's now being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Georgia Department of Corrections records show Rowan was convicted in 2006 of failing to register as a sex offender in Bartow County and sentenced to three years.

Lilburn police spokesman Capt. Ben Haynes said Rowan appears to have been properly registered in the sex offender database upon his arrest.