Authorities speak out over attempted sexual assault on juvenile


Officials with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted sexual assault on a juvenile.  

It happened Sunday evening around 7 p.m. in the Marion Heights area in West Terre Haute. 

Since the incident residents in the area have been on high alert.  

“Just watch your kids because they could be here one minute and gone the next you never know,” Marion resident Brigitte smith said.   

Residents of Marion Heights in West Terre Haute are still in shock after learning about an attempted sexual assault on a juvenile in their small community.  

“It’s very scary but I know it happens everywhere, it just doesn’t happen in Marion Heights,” Smith said. 

On Sunday a girl told police she was in her yard when a man grabbed her from behind and took her to a wooded area.  

The girl also said the man tried to sexually assault her. 

Brigitte Smith is a mother who lives in the area she says Marion Heights is a great neighborhood. 

But this incident has prompted many in the neighborhood to be extra careful. 

“No walking in the neighborhood by yourself now, you need an adult at all times because this did happen during daylight hours,” Smith said.  

The Vigo County Sheriff’s Department only have a vague description of the suspect a white male about 20-years-old who has scratches on his face and clean shaven. 

” We aren’t trying to scare anybody to think that someone out here looking for people, but we also don’t want to discount it and have something else bad happen,” Sheriff John Plasse said. “So, we want to find out who was involved in this incident and if we can charge him for what they did we will do that and hopefully prevent something else from occurring.”  

Sheriff John Plasse offers some important advice, he says there’s often safety in numbers and he stresses that it’s always important to be aware of your surroundings.  

“Anything that looks suspicious please call,” Plasse said. “If you have a gut feeling that it just really doesn’t look right or that person doesn’t look right please call and let us check it out. We would much rather check something out that’s nothing then let something go that we could have prevented something with their help.” 

If you have any information about the incident you are asked to contact the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.  

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