SEMINOLE, Fla. (WFLA) – Detectives are seeking the public’s help to identity a suspect who allegedly inappropriately touched a girl walking home from Seminole High School on Friday.
According to the Crimes Against Children Unit of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the 15-year-old girl was walking home from school when she saw the man on the west side of Oakhurst Road near 86th Avenue North.
Detectives said the man hid behind a bush and waited for the school crossing guard to leave the area before he approached the girl.
The victim walked away from the man, but he followed, slapping her on the buttocks with his hand.
The girl ran away from the man but he followed, jogging behind her for about a half mile, according to detectives.
The man was unable to catch up to the girl. He was last seen near 9130 Oakhurst Road.
The girl was not injured.
Anyone with information that may assist detectives in this investigation is asked to contact the Crimes Against Children Unit at 727-582-6200 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or the County Crime Stoppers website.
WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.