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Police look for new tips in teen sex assault cases

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind.  (WDRB) -- Jeffersonville police hope to refresh some memories.

They hope new clues will lead to a sexual predator, who made walking home from school dangerous.

They say no one has reported any new attacks since Halloween.  But they've made no arrest, either.  So parents are still wary.

"I have young kids. We have woods in the backyard, and it's not that far from our house. It's definitely a concern," said Jeffersonville parent Rebecca Lovan.

She hasn't forgotten the scare from last fall.

That's when Jeffersonville police said a man sexually assaulted two teenage boys in the late afternoon of Oct. 5 and Oct. 31 in wooded areas along Middle Road near French Quarter Apartments, and Tenth Street near Woodland Court.  They were two separate incidents with two separate victims, ages 13 and 17.

The man is still at large.

Lovan always pays close attention to her two kids' whereabouts.

"Just because there hasn't been another one (attack) doesn't mean there won't be another one. I'd feel a lot safer if we did catch him," Lovan said.

Casey Mouser, age 19, regularly walks Tenth Street to and from work, past where one of the assaults occurred.  He remembers his mother's advice from last fall.

"I was told to stay away from French Quarter(s) at first, and just mainly stay on the streets closest to the road. And I have been ever since," Mouser said.

In both cases police say the man did not show a weapon, but instead said something to the victims to gain their trust. He then lured them into the woods, not far from the road.

Police described the attacker as a black man in his mid-20s, with slight facial hair on his chin, close cut hair, a medium build, and wearing slacks and dress shoes.

Police hope another look might bring new tips, as they await lab test results.

"Eventually, whether it is today or tomorrow, we will find you. We will identify you, and we will do our best to prosecute you," said Jeffersonville Police detective Todd Hollis.

He encourages anyone with information to call the anonymous JPD tipline at (812) 218-TIPS.

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