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November 27, 2012

Jeffersonville Police Department responds to complaints about assault information

Police say language barriers, Election Day played into timing of press conference



JPD officials said they believe the attacker, described as a light-skinned black male in his mid 20s to 30 years old with a trim to medium build, lured the boys, who were walking alone, into nearby wooded areas and sexually assaulted them.

“I was floored,” George said, reading from a prepared statement at the council meeting. “Why didn’t they tell us this sooner? Why did they wait until a second attack? But more disturbing, why did they wait until a week after the second attack [to notify us]?” she asked Nov. 19. “Both attacks occurred within several blocks of where my family lives. Had I known about this, I would not have let him walk,” she said of her teenage son.

Moore, who attended the council meeting, said he also found out about the attacks the day the press conference was held.

“I’m not a micromanager,” he said. “I have a great deal of confidence in our police department, and I think they know what they’re doing. The police know how to police.”

Police are still investigating the attacks and urge anyone that has information on the suspect to contact Jeffersonville Police on their anonymous tip line at 812-218-TIPS; contact the police department at their main line 812-283-6633; or contact the investigators line at 812-285-6535.

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