Clark County, Ind. student allegedly assaulted en route to bus stop

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Clark County police are searching for a man they believe abducted and sexually assaulted a teenage girl as she walked to her school bus stop on Tuesday morning.

The incident happened about 7 a.m., in the dark, about 20 minutes before sunrise along High Meadow Drive in the High Meadow subdivision, near Utica and the Port of Indiana.

Police believe a teenage girl walked toward a van parked along the curb, next to the sidewalk.

That's when the victim told police a man grabbed her by the wrist, forced her into a van, then sexually assaulted her before releasing her to go home, Clark Co. Sheriff's Capt. Racheal Lee said.

Lee said the man inside the van also showed a handgun. 

Police are looking for a white man in his 40s, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall with a medium build.

He's also described as having blonde hair with grey speckles, both on his head and in a mustache, goatee and a thin, narrow and scruffy beard, Lee said.

The man was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue hoodie without any logo.

His vehicle is described as a white panel van, late model, with two, windowless doors on the back and an Indiana license plate.  The plate may have a flag design, similar to the "In God We  Trust" plate, Lee said.

Officers will be watching the area closely.

Greater Clark County Schools learned of the incident in the early afternoon Tuesday and sent parents emails and automated phone calls with an alert.

"Please be diligent in informing your child to be aware of their surroundings while walking to and from their bus stop and reinforce the steps to take if they are approached by a stranger," superintendent Andrew Mellin said in the email.

Anyone with information is asked to call Clark County police at 812-283-4471.

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