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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- New information has been revealed in the search for a man accused of sexually assaulting two teenage boys in Jeffersonville within a month.
Greater Clark Superintendent Andy Melin has sent a letter home with students telling parents that patrols will be stepped up around schools.
"These are young individuals who were preyed upon by an individual and as a community, we need to come together to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to protect our kids," Melin said in the letter. "The safety of our children is first and foremost."
But without a suspect in custody, some parents are growing more concerned. "Fear for my kids, fear for other children," is how parent Rebecca Lovan reacted.
Another parent, Matt Ball, says the situation, "Kind of hit home and made me angry, to be honest with you, to know that there's a guy out there trying to do this to kids."
And parent Ashley Schultz says, simply, "It scares me a lot."
Jeffersonville Police say following media reports Thursday night, the department has been inundated with tips on the suspect. Detectives are checking out those calls to see which ones might be credible.
Police say a man sexually assaulted a 13-year-old on October 5th and a 17-year-old on Halloween.
The incidents happened in the middle of the day, on busy streets. The first one happened on Tenth Street near Woodland Court, with the second less than a mile away on Middle Road near the French Quarter Apartments.
Both teens told police the man approached them as they walked alone, sometime between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. and lured them into the woods where they were attacked and left there.
Police have sent possible evidence from the crime scenes for testing, but it could take weeks before results are available.
Lovan says, "I feel like I have my kids in as safe a position as I can, but I feel like every parent feels that way and then something like this happens."
Todd Hollis of the Jeffersonville Police Department says the suspect has "been described by both our victims as a black male, mid-20s or somewhere in that area, thin to medium build. He has a close-cut hair style. He has a small amount of facial hair on the chin. Clothing was, both of our victims describe the man as being fairly well-dressed wearing slacks and dress shoes."
If you think you recognize the man in the sketch, you're asked to call the anonymous tipline at 812-218-TIPS.