The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to be cautious after an encounter between an unknown man and a 12-year-old boy on Cortland Drive in Walnut Creek Sunday afternoon. The boy was riding bicycles with his friend and his friend’s dad and lagged a little behind them. A white male appearing to be in his 50s driving a small silver sedan thought to be a Honda Accord pulled alongside the boy and engaged him in a conversation about baseball and invited the boy to his home to play ball with the man’s grandchildren. The man did not make physical contact with the boy or attempt to get the boy into his car, and no crime was committed during the incident.
“We have had several inquiries from the public about this incident, which has caused some alarm in the community,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “We are investigating the matter. As always, I encourage parents to supervise their children and teach them not to engage with strangers. If a stranger approaches a child, the child should leave the area and immediately report the incident to an adult he knows and trusts. Teach your children, ‘If you see something, say something.’”
Update August 29, 2018
Sheriff’s investigators have identified the man who approached the 12-year-old boy on Courtland Drive Sunday evening and have spoken with him. The man is not the person identified in social media posts about the incident made by persons not connected with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. The person who approached the child is not a registered sex offender and has no criminal record. Because no laws were violated during the encounter, the man will not be charged with a crime.
“This incident caused a good bit of legitimate concern among area residents,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “I am happy we got to the bottom of it. Lots of social media activity and communication among various HOA members occurred, which is a good thing. Residents should be aware of incidents that occur in their communities. However, some of what was published by third parties about this case was not true. Citizens with information about matters under investigation should report that information to us. We have the resources to investigate these incidents and find the truth about what happened and who did it.”
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers in one of the following ways: dial 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.
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