Police arrested a 32-year-old man near the intersection of Oates Avenue and 42nd Street Wednesday after a Muscogee County School District bus driver spotted the man masturbating to a passing school bus, according to a Columbus police report.
Sex Crimes Division Sgt. Mark Richards said Travis Hill was initially charged with child molestation because witness reports indicated some of the school children saw Hill. Investigators later concluded the 60-year-old bus driver pulled over on to a side street to report the crime before any passengers saw the act.
An officer later found Hill on the front steps of a Baptist church around 7:15 a.m. The zipper on his cut-off jeans was completely undone, Richards said. He was wearing no shoes and no shirt. Police say he was not intoxicated.
Richards said Hill's child molestation charge will be changed to public indecency. He will face an additional charge of disorderly conduct during a Friday morning Recorder's Court hearing.
According to the Department of Corrections website, Hill was recently released from prison on a methamphetamine related charge. He has been incarcerated twice before on undisclosed charges.