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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami-Dade Police Department said they arrested a man who exposed himself to a little girl inside a Miami church.
According to the arrest report, Demetrius Collins, 31, exposed himself to the 9-year-old girl on April 28th inside the Sanctuary of the United House of Prayer Church, located at 8550 NW 27th Ave.
The young girl told investigators that Collins made a “pssst” sound to get her attention, and when she turned around his genitals were exposed.
During another incident, authorities said Collins showed the girl a pornographic image on his phone.
According to the police report, in a third encounter Collins asked the 9-year-old to perform an inappropriate act.
On Thursday, Miami-Dade Police arrested Collins at his home.
The child’s father, a man named Jean, arrived at the church on Thursday to speak with reporters. He said the incident left him angry.
“Where I from, the day I see him, I should take his head off,” Jean said.
Jean says that after the incident occurred, he told church leaders about it.
“I wait and wait and nothing happened,” he said.
Jean says he confronted Collins, who he says admitted showing Jean’s daughter a pornographic photo.
“He showed a naked picture, sex picture to my daughter,” Jean said. “How much more I want to hear?”
Finally Jean says he called Miami-Dade Police.
Police said even after being read his Miranda Rights, he confessed to exposing himself to the girl and having asked the girl to perform an inappropriate act after she had asked him for a dollar. Authorities added that Collins told them that he accidently showed the pornographic photo to the girl.
Collins is facing one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition on a child under 16 and lewd and lascivious conduct on a child under 16.
Jean says Collins is right where he belongs – in jail on a bond of $22,500.
“He have to pay for what he did,” Jean said. “He deserve to be in jail.”
CBS4 News spoke by phone Thursday evening with the father of Demetrius Collins. He told CBS4 News that Collins is a member of the church and that the allegations against his son are “all lies.”
If you believe your child has been a victim, you are urged to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-8477.