Neighbors say ice cream man made explicit comments to kids

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis police are on the lookout for an ice cream man who may be targeting children for sexual favors.

Authorities say the driver of an ice cream truck adorned with a "Frosty Treats" decal made sexually-explicit comments to kids in a Hickory Hill neighborhood.  
One mother said the driver asked her son if he was gay and if he "liked little boys."

She also said she heard the ice cream man cursing and saw him speed away in his truck.
Neighbors say the man, who often came by between 8:00 and 9:30 at night, was rude and aggressive to customers.

"He sat there after we paid for the popsicle, and never moved," said neighbor Kimberly Tate. " Then a couple of days later, he came back and said, 'Are you going to pay for the popsicle?' I said, 'We already paid for the popsicle.' He said, 'No, you didn't.' "

In a phone interview Saturday, Frosty Treats Branch Manager Ron Shaw said, "I don't know what happened. I wasn't there. The guy accused had a clean criminal record."

If you have any information regarding these incidents, please call the city's juvenile abuse department at (901) 525-2377.

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