WILKES-BARRE — Two alleged sexual assaults involving minor children in recent days are unrelated, and the suspects were known to the youths, according to a statement released by city police Thursday afternoon.
“These incidents do not pose a general threat to public safety,” the statement concluded.
The statement came as word of the two incidents involving 9-year-old girls spread, with concern building as few details initially were released about the cases.
Charlotte Raup, coordinator of the city’s Crime Watch, had blunt advice for parents who may be fearful in the wake of the alleged attacks.
“Don’t trust anybody,” she said.
Parents sounding off on The Times Leader’s Facebook page have been taking that advice all along.
User Jamie Lee said she is always on top of where her kids are, whether they’re inside or outside.
“They don’t go anywhere unless they are with someone we know and trust,” Lee posted. “They don’t walk around the block alone. The furthest they go alone is our backyard.”
Staunch vigilance was echoed by user James Gallagher. He said the recent events have made him more aware of the situation from happening. He added, however, that the city is not “the nicest place anymore, nor the safest.”
The two cases were a Wednesday afternoon incident in the 100 block of Prospect Street and an incident in the 100 block of South Sherman Street on Monday afternoon.