Police: Driving instructor exposed self

A former Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper turned Rock Hill driving instructor was charged with indecent exposure this week after police say he showed his genitals to a 16-year-old female student during a lesson.

Charged was David Wayne Zitcovich, 59, of 1458 Covenant Place, according to an arrest warrant and incident reports from the York County Sheriff's Office.

Zitcovich could not be reached for comment Wednesday. The girl's mother said she found the driving school in the telephone book.

"We assumed he had a reputable reputation," she said.

Zitcovich's charges stem from an alleged incident Aug. 30 in the parking lot at Rock Hill High School. Police reports indicate the girl said Zitcovich touched her inappropriately on her thigh as she was practicing driving.

Zitcovich is not employed with the Rock Hill school district, said Elaine Baker, school district spokeswoman. The district also did not contract Zitcovich's services, she said.

During the driving lesson, Zitcovich inquired about the girl's sexual encounters and if she'd ever received or performed oral sex, according to a report from the York County Sheriff's Office. As Zitcovich questioned the girl, he rubbed her leg, according to the report.

The report further states that Zitcovich told the girl that if she did not negotiate a maneuver correctly she would have to give him her belt.

Zitcovich had no criminal history prior to the incident, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. He joined the Ohio State Highway Patrol in 1970 and resigned in December 1971, said Sgt. Toby Smith. He could not say why Zitcovich resigned.

Zitcovich was released on $1,000 bond Sunday, an official from the Sheriff's Office said.