Police sexual assualt investigation

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 1/31 9:28 pm Published: 1/31 9:25 pm

An 18-year-old student was on her way to Union High School on Wednesday when she was sexually assaulted in a nearby retention area.

Police said that assailant is still on the loose.

News of the recent sexual assault traveled fast through Union Public Schools.

"I'm really not shocked but it's just overwhelming. You have to just watch your kids and be vigilant," said Lawanda Bell.

Bell is one parent who takes her child's safety one step further, even if it means it's more taxing on her own schedule.

"It is very concerning and with her standing at the bus stop, I make it my business to be out here when she gets on the bus and when she gets off," said Bell.

They live in an apartment complex near Union and it's the same one where the victim first spotted her attacker.

Bell said nothing is more important than her 13-year-old daughter's safety.

"They're your kids and you just have to take that extra time and you have to watch over your kids. It's not like when I was a kid where I could walk to school or walk to the corner store. Unfortunately we live in a world where we can't do that anymore," Bell said.

Sex crimes detectives are working day and night to find the assailant in Wednesday's attack.

"What we're doing is working with the school system and we're also working with other apartment complexes in the area trying to find out if anybody recognizes this person," said Cpl. Eric Leverington, of Tulsa police.

"There are going to be constant officers in the area just looking to see if they can find someone matching his description."

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Mayor Maynot - 2/3/2014 8:18 AM
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Hooray for the vigilant watch that Bell keeps on her 13 yr old girl. Keep up the good work Ms Bell.
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