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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- The Jackson County Prosecutor's office has charged a Kansas City North man suspected of trying to lure middle school students into his car. Norman Davis, 52, has been charged with attempted forcible sodomy, attempted statutory sodomy and sexual misconduct with a child.

Police say Davis man has tried at least seven times to get children into his car by offering them money or marijuana in return for sex. The victims all range in age from 12 to 14, and the incidents have all taken place within an eight block area near Truman Road and Lee's Summit Road.

Neighbors say they've kept a closer eye on their children since the stranger danger was first reported.

"We've been taking the kids to school instead of letting them wait down by the bus stop," said parent Aaron Garlick. "I''ve been calling kids around the neighborhood and giving them a warning about this guy and what he's trying to do. Taking as many steps as I can to prevent something bad from happening."

People along Lee's Summit Road say their neighborhood is so isolated they've often worried that it's a good place to snatch a child.

"That's one less person to worry about," said Diane Marshal. "I know there's more people to worry about because it's just a bad place. just right there on the thing. It's morning time but it's nighttime down there and those girls are down there by themselves."

Court records show in at least one case, Davis drove a 14-year-old boy to a location against his will. The man then exposed himself to the teen and asked him to touch his genitals. It's likely Davis will appear before a judge on February 16.

Anyone with any information regarding the suspect or any of the criminal activity he is accused of doing should call the Independence Police Department Detective Division at (816) 325-7805 or (816) 325-7330.

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