Man Solicited 12-Year-Old Boy for Sex: Cops

East Hartford police have arrested a 64-year-old local man accused of offering a 12-year-old boy $20 to have sex with him.

A police officer responded to the area of Glenn and Graham roads in East Hartford to investigate a report of a man offering a teen money for sex and found a man matching the description given, police said.

A school bus driver told police he had let children off the bus and one boy ran back to the bus to report that a man had propositioned him, according to a report from East Hartford police. 

Rodney Hicks was arrested and transported to the East Hartford Police Department and charged with risk of injury to a minor and disorderly conduct, police said.

Police said that Hicks appeared intoxicated and told officers that he's had a few drinks and was "just hanging out in the neighborhood," according to police.

Hicks was uncooperative, mumbled and claimed he was hearing impaired and did nothing wrong, according to police.

When police arrived, several parents approached the area. One woman said Hicks followed her around the neighborhood as she walked her daughter home from school.

"I told him to leave me alone. He was telling us to touch his hand. I'm telling him leave us alone, get out of my face, back up. My daughter's saying mom he's following us, he's still coming," said Kim Jackson, from East Hartfrod.

One, who wished to remain anonymous, reported overhearing Hicks ask a passerby for a ride out of the area and offer $20. The driver refused.

Another child corroborated the victim's story to police.

Hicks was released on a promise to appear and is prohibited from being within 100 yards of anyone under 16 years old.

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