Greensburg police investigating reported sexual assault of 15-year-old girl walking to school

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GREENSBURG, Ind. (WTHR) - A Greensburg teenager told police she was sexually assaulted on her way to school Tuesday morning.

The 15-year-old girl said a white male wearing a black jacket, black basketball shorts and a black bandanna with white designs assaulted her in the 200 block of N. East Street between 7-7:30 a.m.

Greensburg Police Chief Brendan Briggs told our partners at the Greensburg Daily News his department has started an investigation, speaking with the student, her parents and are canvassing the neighborhood where the alleged crime occurred in a search for witnesses.

“We’re going out and knocking on doors in that neighborhood to see if anyone saw this happen,” Bridges told the newspaper.

The suspect is believed to be in his 30s, but police have not yet released a description of the man's height and weight.

The girl suffered a small abrasion when the suspect touched her, but the Daily News reports she was otherwise not physically harmed.

Police are urging students to take precautions when walking to school and encouraging their parents to more closely monitor their children's travels.

"There's always safety in pairs," Briggs told the Daily News, also encouraging students to walk in busy, well-lit areas and avoid using alleys.

Greensburg school officials sent the following message to parents after receiving word of the report:

We would like to follow up with you on the recent News Release by the Greensburg Police Department regarding an assault on a teenage girl in our community. While law enforcement actively investigates this incident, we want to encourage parents to talk with your child about safe travels to and from school. Topics to consider may include walking in well-lit areas, traveling in numbers, and encouraging your child to share any observed suspicious activity to an adult. Greensburg Community Schools and the Greensburg Police Department have been and will continue to work together to ensure the safety of students at all times. As requested by the Greensburg Police Department, should your child report any suspicious activity or behavior to you please notify the police at 812-663-3131.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident should contact the Greensburg Police Department at 812-663-3131. Anonymous tips may also be left by calling 812-66CRIME.

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