A Colorado Springs school district is warning parents after three girls were offered money by a stranger to watch him perform a sex act.
It happened twice on Monday, just a few miles apart. Police believe the suspect is the same in both incidents.
Just before 4 p.m. Monday, the suspect drove up to a Doherty High School student and offered her $100 if she would watch him masturbate. The girl refused and was able to get away. Police say she was in the area of Academy and Austin Bluffs when the man approached her.
About an hour later, police say the same thing happened again, this time in the area of Dublin and Austin Bluffs, where two girls were approached. The suspect description is the same.
In both instances, police say the girls were under the age of 15.
The suspect is described as a white man between 20 and 30 years old with reddish-blond hair. He was wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses. He was driving a red pickup truck with temporary plates.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.
Police confirm the addresses of the two incidents are Austin Bluffs and Academy (first incident) and Dublin and Austin Bluffs (second incident). Those addresses vary slightly from the ones listed in a letter from District 11 to parents.
The letter, as posted on their Facebook page Tuesday, is below:
NOTE: Police tell 11 News neither incident was near the Shotz Lazer Tag.
Good Afternoon Parents/Guardians,
Police have informed us that on April 28, 2014, there were two reports of a student being approached by a stranger. A white male between 20 and 30 years old, wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap, driving a red, four door pick-up truck with temporary tags, propositioned a Doherty High School student near Shotz Lazer Tag and Billiards at 4474 Austin Bluffs Parkway; another similar incident happened near the Village Inn at 4275 N. Academy Blvd.
The safety of our students is our top priority, and in light of this, we have spoken to the students about the dangers of being approached by a stranger. As parents and guardians, we ask that you also be vigilant about our school surroundings and talk with your students about how to handle these situations. Students have been reminded to be aware of their surroundings, don't talk to strangers, and report any suspicious activity immediately to an adult or staff. I understand as a parent the need to know important things that occur at the school. I can assure you that we followed protocol for reporting this situation, and we have taken necessary action to heighten awareness in the interest of student safety.
I encourage all parents to join us in delivering the message to our students to not talk to strangers, be aware of their surroundings at all times, and to notify an adult immediately of suspicious activity. Together we can keep our students safe from the dangers that our world unfortunately presents us with at times. I appreciate your attention to this matter and thank you in advance for having this conversation with your student.
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