Family demands answers after girl, 12, allegedly sexually assaulted at Evanston school

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EVANSTON, Ill. —  A mother and father are demanding answers after they claim their daughter was sexually assaulted at an Evanston middle school, and the man they claim did it has not been arrested or charged.

The family said the 12-year-old was assaulted by a custodian in a girls' bathroom at Haven Middle School, 2417 Prairie Ave., on Oct. 4. The girl's parents said the rape happened while class was underway. They said their daughter walked into the bathroom when a janitor walked in.

The parents said their 7th grader told them what happened three days later. Later, the girl identified the man in a photo lineup and DNA was found present when a rape kit was administered.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, school officials from Evanston-Skokie School District 65 sent an email to parents saying they received a report that a staff member engaged in inappropriate conduct toward a student. They said that staff member was put on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

On Tuesday, a lawyer representing the family sent a letter to Evanston officials and the Cook County state's attorney's office asking why no one had been charged in the incident.

The girl's parents said they felt the school was slow to send a letter home to inform other parents. When police went to pick up the suspect to get his DNA to see if a match was found, the parents said he was gone.

The parents also said they are getting little cooperation from police, and want to know the identity of the suspect.

"There’s a predator on the loose and there are other kids that we have to worry about," one of the girl's parents said.

Evanston police released a statement that read, "It remains a pending and active investigation. No arrests as of today's date. I can't comment further for the sake of the integrity of the investigation."


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