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Charlotte Man Charged as the Cary Flasher

Posted August 8, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— The police dragnet to catch an accused child molester has ended with an arrest, thanks to clues from the Western part of the state. Authorities charged 22-year-old Michael Arthur Trott Friday after a tip came in that the predator they had been looking for was in the Charlotte area. That information apparently paid off.

Investigators from the Wake County Sheriff's Department and Cary Police left for Charlotte at midnight Friday. Going on a tip the suspect was a delivery man originating in the Queen City, authorities found the suspect's house and got pictures of him. Friday, they showed those pictures to the victims. Hours later, Trott turned himself in. He's been charged with seven counts of making indecent liberties with a minor.

It was on July 15th that a young girl was attacked on Laura Duncan Road in Cary. Later that same day, another girl was molested on Connors Circle. Cary Police released a sketch of a man about 20 years old with long brown hair pulled back in a ponytail.

The victims say the man was driving a white work van. On Tuesday, another young girl was attacked in Wake County, just outside Cary. That same day, two young girls in Durham told police they were molested near South Square Mall.

All four cases involved a man matching the description of the "Cary flasher."

Authorities tell WRAL the media played a large role in capturing the suspect because of the photo and broadcast of his composite sketch. Local residents who saw the sketch commented to officers how much a wholesale delivery man from Charlotte looked like the man in the sketch.

That attention, officers believe, may have prompted Trott to turn himself in. Trott is behind bars at the Wake County jail, secured under $700,000 bond.

and Robert Carver