A 10-year-old girl told police a man approached her and talked to her about 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 as she was riding her bicycle through Naismith Valley Park with a friend, according to a Lawrence Police report released Wednesday. The man did not touch the girl, but the girl went home and told her parents, who called police.
The wooded park has been the scene of sexual assaults against children in past years. In June 2004, for example, a man lured a 5-year-old girl away from an 8-year-old boy and tried to molest her.
But as of Wednesday, the most recent incident was not being classified as a crime.