Man accused of touching young girls at White Water Park
by Geoff Folsom
October 24, 2012 03:17 PM | 8188 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jerry Dean Westbrook
Jerry Dean Westbrook
MARIETTA — A 68-year-old Powder Springs man is accused of touching young girls inappropriately at Six Flags White Water last month.

Jerry Dean Westbrook, who had a season pass to the Marietta water park, was arrested Tuesday on three charges of felony sexual battery against a juvenile. Marietta Police Officer David Baldwin said Westbrook inappropriately touched at least three girls, two between 8 and 9 years old and the third a preteen, on Sept. 2. Police are looking for more victims.

“We do feel there’s a real possibility of unreported victims,” Baldwin said. “We have no idea how many.”

Baldwin said Westbrook was known to frequent White Water alone.

Last month, police announced they were looking into witness reports of inappropriate conduct between a 50- to 70-year-old man and young girls in the wave pool at White Water, located just north of the Big Chicken at 250 Cobb Parkway.

Baldwin said Marietta Police officers interviewed Westbrook and began looking for victims on the day of the alleged incident.

Westbrook was released from Cobb Jail Wednesday on $7,500 bond.

In a statement, Six Flags spokesman Brad Malone said White Water is working with police.

“Our top priority is the safety of our guests and employees and we do not tolerate inappropriate behavior in our park,” he said. “We are cooperating fully with authorities in support of their investigation.”

Baldwin said police and the water park put safety measures in place to try to keep crimes from happening.

“Of course, when there’s 5,000 to 10,000 people there, the best thing is for parents, especially of small children, to be there with them and keep an eye on them,” he said.

A telephone message left at Westbrook’s home was not immediately returned.

Cobb Superior Court records show Westbrook, of the same Powder Springs address, was indicted in 2004 on a felony count of making terroristic threats. Westbrook completed a pretrial diversion program in that case, according to court records.
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