Deer Park schools on high alert after man allegedly follows girls to school

DEER PARK, Ohio - Two elementary school girls in Sycamore Township were allegedly followed and then chased by a man while on their way to school Tuesday morning.

"They started out briskly walking trying to get away from the man once they crossed the street, then this person followed them across the street they picked up the pace a little," said Jeff Langdon, superintendent for Deer Park schools. "That person picked up the pace, they then began running and ran to school."

Deer Park police tell 9 News that the man started following the girls north on Blue Ash Road just north of Kugler Mill Road as they walked to Amity Elementary School.

"The description the girls had was a white overweight male with an age ranging from 50 to 60 years and short dark hair wearing a gray sweatshirt," explained Langdon.

Langdon told 9 News that as soon as he learned what happened he sent a message to Deer Park parents and faculty to let them know what happened.

"School safety is number one priority for us and if parents wanted to make specific arrangements to pick up their kids they could do that," said Langdon.

This incident comes on the heels of a recent case when James Lohman, 18, allegedly tried to lure to young girls into his green Jeep on Lake Avenue in Sycamore Township while they were also on their way to school. He was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 10 and charged with six counts of criminal child enticement, all of which are a first-degree misdemeanor.

Langdon believes the two cases aren't related.

He tells 9 News that Deer Park police planned on putting out extra patrols Tuesday afternoon.

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