Published: Feb 19, 2013 5:18 PM EST
Updated: Feb 19, 2013 5:55 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Neighbors in the Tice community are on alert after a man was reported exposing himself in front of children and performing lewd acts.

A woman in the neighborhood tells us her family member saw the man touching himself on the porch of a vacant home. They called the sheriff's office but when deputies came out to look for the man, they couldn't find him. She says, "everyone is watching out making sure this guy doesn't come back around and we're just hoping the police can catch him and avoid this happening in our neighborhood."

The minister at Tice United Methodist Church also called the sheriff's office concerning the suspicious man. An incident report says while at church on Sunday, several children told her that saw a man nearby with his clothing off and touching himself.

The report also says children saw the man behind the Morse Shores Plaza off Palm Beach Boulevard and I-75.