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Stranger in park frightens family

September 7, 2006

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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.

Comments

Richard Heckler 8 years, 3 months ago

It could be difficult to determine but real live friendly people do lurk in Lawrence. It is not difficult to understand teaching children to be extremely cautious. It is good however that the young girl advised her parents.

gbaker 8 years, 3 months ago

I grew up in that area and my backyard actually faced that park. There were problems back then and that was over 25 years ago. With everything that has happened and continues to happen what in the world is a 10 year old girl doing down there riding her bike alone. Wake up parents!!

conservative 8 years, 3 months ago

gbaker,

Read the article again. She wasn't alone.

"she was riding her bicycle through Naismith Valley Park with a friend,"

Yeah it's a sad commentary that you have to assume the worst just because someone said something to a young girl. Nothing worse than being a male in this society and seeing a child who is lost or alone. You want to offer help to the child but might get labeled as a deviant. The only safe thing you can do is tell the child from a great distance that you'll go and get help for them.

ForThePeople 8 years, 3 months ago

Posted by: Conservativeman Yeah it's a sad commentary that you have to assume the worst just because someone said something to a young girl. Nothing worse than being a male in this society and seeing a child who is lost or alone. You want to offer help to the child but might get labeled as a deviant. The only safe thing you can do is tell the child from a great distance that you'll go and get help for them.

I agree.....it is unfortunate, but non the less a reality in todays society.

conservative 8 years, 3 months ago

I really wish everyone would stop confusing me with conservativeman. We are not one in the same. Please take the time to verify who you are quoting.

conservative 8 years, 3 months ago

No problem ForThePeople, just really has become a pet peeve of mine because the same mistake has happened like 3 times in the last 2 weeks. And I don't see eye to eye with him on most issues.

gbaker 8 years, 3 months ago

Conservative You are right. I didn't see that there were two children. But never the less they were children. My parents still live in that house and still won't let my twelve year old daughter go down there when we visit. Even though there are visible trails it still gets pretty rual and woody as you head north. Lot's of places to hide.

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