ARLINGTON - Federal child pornography charges against a 48-year-old North Texas man were made public last Friday.
Michael Manske was first accused of peeping at young boys in the bathrooms at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Federal documents say investigators then discovered child porn images on Manske’s cell phone.
Before those charges could be filed, Jeffrey Taylor of North Richland Hills said he caught Manske looking at his son in the bathroom during a June IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway.
"I knew immediately whenever I saw that man walking towards my son that something wasn't right," Taylor said.
Taylor said it happened while he stood just a few feet away from his son.
"My son is beside me, and I see this grown man walk past all these empty urinals to come and stand next to my son," Taylor said. "And I sit there and I watch him, y'know, look down at my son. He was very blatant about it."
Taylor confronted the man, and eventually, police were called and Manske was taken away.
What Taylor didn't know, is that the 48 year-old was already being investigated for the incident that happened weeks earlier at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Federal documents say Manske was seen entering multiple men's restrooms and looking over at young boys who were using urinals. It also details how police say they found three images of child pornography on Manske's cell phone.
"Every bone in your body wants to protect your kids at that point," Taylor said.
Still reliving that day in June, Taylor looks at Manske's recent arrest and is thankful.
"I'm glad that [my son] wasn't touched, that this man didn't physically do anything to him, and my kids have learned and important lesson," Taylor said. "That you do have to watch out."
Manske has two prior convictions for indecent exposure. He is in federal custody on the most recent charges.