Upper Arlington Police provide update on alleged sex assault investigation

Upper Arlington Police provide update on alleged sex assault investigation

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- On Wednesday, investigators at the Upper Arlington Division of Police said they're continuing to investigate a May 8th sexual assault report that started at the Miller Park Branch Library.

Investigators said a teenager reported a man named "Thomas" began speaking with her at the library. The report states the man allegedly followed her home, forced his way in, sexually assaulted her, then took off.

"All parties that were involved in this incident have been contacted, and everyone is cooperating," said Officer Bryan McKean with the Upper Arlington Division of Police.

McKean added that no arrest or charges have been filed, and declined to comment whether the city's prosecutor was involved.

Detectives collected evidence at the scene, and from the library, including surveillance images, and a DVD the man handled.

When asked if the accuser's story is being questioned McKean added, "It's an open case, so those are the things that we can't talk about until the investigation is complete."

He said while there are times when his department requests the media's help with publicizing pictures of people they need to identify, this isn't one of those cases.

"People need to know what's going on in the community," said Ally Graves, who along with her husband, and one-year-old daughter, Penelope, have lived in Upper Arlington for three years.

"Chicago, New York, things like this might happen, but in Upper Arlington? It does change my awareness about going out at night, and returning home on foot," said Upper Arlington resident Leeni Martin.

"What we're telling the public now is there's nothing they need to be concerned about," McKean said.

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