School Rape Report Investigated

Posted: November 05, 1998

CALN — Local police and school security officers are working together following a 17-year-old student's report that she was abducted from in front of her school Monday afternoon and sexually assaulted for an hour, Police Chief James Franciscus said yesterday.

The student, whom police did not identify, said she was kidnapped while waiting for a ride outside Coatesville Intermediate High School.

``There was a lot of activity up at the school at the time when she said this occurred, and we're checking into additional witnesses that may help the investigation,'' Franciscus said.

The student, who lives in Valley Township and attends the intermediate high school, told police that she was standing outside about 4 p.m. when her assailant drove up in a black four-door Nissan.

She described the man as black, in his 30s, with a thin-to-medium build, a beard and a mustache, Franciscus said. She told police he was wearing a black button-down shirt, black pants and black boots.

About 300 college representatives were setting up booths in the senior high school near where the girl said she was abducted, district spokeswoman Gail Jackson said.

A junior varsity football game and a marching band also were in the area.

``We had a whole lot of stuff going on when this allegedly occurred,'' Jackson said.

The student said her kidnapper put his hand over her mouth, dragged her into the passenger seat and drove her across the bridge from Caln into Coatesville. There, in the 900 block of Merchant Street, he kissed her and fondled her, she said. An hour later, he released her near railroad tracks in the area, the student told police.

She first reported the attack to Coatesville police, who referred it to Caln, Franciscus said.

School district officials, who learned of the report Tuesday, have been talking to students about precautions they should take, Jackson said.

``We have had discussions with students in classes in regard to safety tips and how they must act to always ensure their personal safety,'' she said.

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