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Child Sexually Assaulted in Poolside Gazebo

Posted July 5, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Raleigh police are searching for a man they say sexually assaulted a young girl early Saturday morning. In the Greystone community where crimes like Saturday's don't usually happen, investigators say a man took indecent liberties with a 7-year-old girl.

Sergeant Bryant of the Raleigh Police Department say the girl was waiting by the neighborhood pool when a man pulled up in a vehicle and asked her if she wanted some candy. When the little girl said no, the suspect got out of his car and led the victim to a nearby gazebo. That's where the alleged crime took place.

To look around the pool, it doesn't appear anything happened. Kids are still splashing around in the water. But parents like Annette Capaci are holding onto their children a little tighter. Capaci says having two young daughters, she tries to protect her kids from harm.

Pool manager Elizabeth Yates recalls that before the assault happened, no one was afraid to leave their kids alone at the pool. Now, that has all changed.

Police are putting up flyers warning residents about the attack. They are also classifying the suspect as a pedaphile. People of the Greystone community share a common goal with investigators-- getting the man off the streets before he can get to another child.