Orange County man accused of trying to lure young girls in Waterford Lakes, Azalea Park

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —

Orange County deputies arrested a man they said was driving around neighborhoods taking pictures of young girls and trying to lure them.

According to investigators, Jeremy Hagan, 28, was seen taking pictures of young girls and exposing himself in the Waterford Lakes and Azalea Park areas.

Investigators said they did surveillance on Hagan for more than three weeks. During that time, Hagan went through three different subdivisons in the Waterford Lakes and Azalea Park neighborhoods, according to deputies.

Authorities said Hagan consistently took pictures of young girls and tried to lure them to his car, but fortunately, they never paid him any attention.

"It's sad that our children aren't safe. That they're not safe on the streets to walk home from school," parent Jennifer Beason said.

The investigation into Hagan began in late January after he allegedly tried to lure two young girls near Avalon Park. A witness got his license plate number and gave it to investigators, officials said. Hagan was arrested Thursday and charged with lewd or lascivious exhibition in the presence of a child and luring or enticing a child.

The man who rented a room to Hagan didn't want to be identified but told WFTV he's shocked.

"It's absolutely sickening. When I heard about it I wanted to throw up," the landlord said.

Hagan has two prior convictions for misdemeanor sexual related crimes and is on probation, according to investigators.