The Oak Park Police Department has stepped up security around Oak Park and River Forest High School, following an incident on April 8, when a man driving a black Toyota Corolla exposed himself to a female student headed to class.
OPRF officials sent a note to parents on Friday, April 12, stating that the incident, which took place at just after 8 a.m., was in the 300 block of North Scoville Avenue, just north of Erie Street.
According to the letter to parents, the motorist "approached her in a car, rolled down his window and began fondling himself."
"The student took a picture of the vehicle with her phone and then immediately reported the incident to our school resource officer, who is a member of the Oak Park police force," the note to parents stated. "A police report was made, and the incident is under investigation. The person in question has not been apprehended."
The vehicle was described as having tinted windows and temporary license plates.
"Please ask your children to be alert for a vehicle matching this description and report any sighting or further incidents by calling 911," the letter to parents stated.
The letter to parents went out four days after the event and was released only after the victim's mother complained to the school.
The mother, whose identity has been withheld to prevent identifying the victim, called the delay "absurd." OPRF spokeswoman Karin Sullivan said the delay was accidental and a miscommunication between her and the school's attorney.
Sullivan apologized for the misunderstanding and causing "additional stress for families and students."
Oak Park police confirmed that the victim was an 18-year-old student.
Village spokesman David Powers said police confirmed in an email that the driver "rolled down the window, exposed himself and drove away.
"The victim reported the incident immediately and police are investigating. In the meantime, police patrols have been stepped up in the vicinity of the incident," Powers said.
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