A Lancaster County man has been jailed on felony charges he lured young girls into his car at a school bus stop.
Ronald C. Usner Jr., 55, of Conestoga, on separate occasions lured a 5, 8, and 10-year-old girl into his car by telling the children he had permission from their parents, according to Southern Regional police.
Police said Usner never spoke with any parents and lied to the children to get them into his vehicle.
None of the victims reported that anything illegal occurred, but they told investigators they felt uneasy and scared.
Police said the incidents were brought to light March 18 when a babysitter of the 5-year-old heard Usner tell the girl to get into his car with him at a River Road bus stop.
The babysitter, who was standing between properties at a tree line, also heard Usner tell the girl that he had spoken with her parents and that it was OK for her to be in his car, police said.
The babysitter stopped the girl from getting into the car and confronted Usner, who was wearing boxer shorts, a T-shirt and slippers, police said. The child boarded the bus without incident.
Police said their investigation revealed that Usner had lured the girl into his car on at least two prior occasions.
Usner was charged Wednesday with three counts of child luring and placed in Lancaster County Prison on $350,000 bail. He also had a suspended driver's license due to a previous DUI.
Under a Pennsylvania law that took effect Feb. 18, luring a child under age 13 into a vehicle or building is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a
fine of up to $25,000.
The crime previously was a first-degree misdemeanor with a fine of $10,000.