OLYMPIA -- A 54-year-old man is behind bars after police said he stalked an 8-year-old girl while she walked to the school bus stop.
Cops believe their suspect, Kenneth Fournier, man may have been shooting cellphone video of the girl on at least one occasion in her Lacey neighborhood.
Detectives set up a stakeout and caught Fournier about a week later. It turns out he is no stranger to law enforcement.
Police said Fournier followed the young girl in his car late last month as she walked to her school bus stop.
“He had his phone up to the window and she thought he was videotaping her,” said the victim’s mother, Shannon Shields.
Shields said her daughter spotted the man and ran away to look for help.
“She ran to the nearest house where she saw a woman and the woman brought her home,” she said. They were both shaking by the time they go to my house.”
Cops arrested Fournier near the child’s school bus stop last Friday after staking out the location. Detectives said they found thousands of pornographic images on Fournier’s cellphone.
Fournier was convicted of indecent exposure against a child in 2004.
Shields is just happy that Lacey police caught him this time, but worries her daughter isn’t the only victim.
“I honestly think there’s a lot more victims out there,” she said.
Fournier is being held on $20,000 bail. He pleaded not guilty to stalking with sexual motivation.