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Bike Flasher's Cases Go to Grand Jury

The cases against the man accused of four crimes against young, local girls are heading for the grand jury. If convicted of everything, he could be sentenced to a possible 35 years in prison.

The suspect is Thomas Michael Hayes, 26, and police believe that he exposed himself to at least three Chantilly girls in the Greenbriar and Brookfield communities and assaulted two of them.

Hayes, of 8604 Sanderling Drive in Manassas, is charged with three counts of taking indecent liberties with children and one count of aggravated sexual battery.

Receiving three reports of a bicycle-riding flasher exposing himself to five girls total in two days, Fairfax County police investigated. And the trail reportedly led to Hayes. The incidents were as follows:

* On April 8, around 3:15 p.m., near Pennsboro and Ellendale drives in Brookfield, two girls, 12 and 13, walking down a path, saw a man bicycling toward them. Police say he appeared to be masturbating while he rode. He spoke briefly to the girls and continued riding past them.

* Then around 4:15 p.m., police believe the same man exposed himself to and sexually assaulted two girls behind the 14100 block of Madonna Lane in Greenbriar. The girls, 13 and 14, were walking on a bike path behind Majestic and Madonna lanes.

Police say the man rode his bicycle behind the older girl, grabbing her buttocks. Then he rode his bicycle in front of the younger girl and exposed himself. After grabbing her between the legs, he rode away.

* Next, on April 9, around 3:30 p.m., on Lees Corner Road near Fulmer Drive in Brookfield, a 13-year-old girl was walking home when she saw a man on a bike path. He spoke to her and then exposed himself.

On April 10, police came upon Hayes across from Chantilly High and arrested him. He matched the description the victims had given of the flasher, and police also say the April 9 victim positively identified Hayes as the man who allegedly exposed himself to her.

He was released on $45,000 bond, April 24, and appeared last Friday, May 24, in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. At that time, Judge Jane Delbridge certified the cases against him to the grand jury for possible indictment.