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Sexual assault sparks warning

Woman attacked on bike trail across from Folsom Middle School
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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A sexual assault near a school sparked a warning by education officials. At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, a young woman reported that she had been sexually battered on the bike trail near the rear of the Preserve Apartments, 1005 Blue Ravine Road in Folsom, said Sgt. Jason Browning, Folsom Police Department public information officer. The bike trail is located across the street from Folsom Middle School, so the Folsom Cordova Unified School District delivered a notice warning parents about the incident. “Folsom Cordova Unified School District chose to inform parents due to the proximity to Folsom Middle School,” said Browning. Browning said he could not comment on the victim’s age, race, or anything personal due to confidentiality related to this incident. “The victim stated when she looked down to use her cellular telephone, a passing pedestrian groped her breast,” Browning said. Browning said the victim described the man as being 45 to 50 years old, approximately 6 feet tall and weighed 190 pounds. The suspect was described as bald, with stubble on the sides of his head and face, crooked yellow teeth and wore square framed black sunglasses. “The victim was not injured during the battery,” Browning said. Stephen Nichols, the Folsom Cordova Unified School District public information officer, said it is common for the district to alert parents about acts of this nature that occur near school boundaries. “We will notify parents as a precaution,” Nichols said. “We want to take these opportunities to remind parents to speak with kids about being safe and alert.” Browning reminded everyone, not just young women and children, to always be aware of their surroundings. “It’s easy to get distracted by our cell phones, or the beautiful scenery of our bike trails, but this distraction shouldn’t compromise your safety,” Browning said. ”While this is an extremely rare occurrence in Folsom, dangerous people don’t recognize city boundaries.”