Police: Teen walking to school targeted by alleged "sexual predator"

Police say a teen walking to school was targeted by allged "sexual predator"

Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a man who gave a middle school student a ride and made sexual advances.

It happened on the 1900 block of Rio Hondo Road around 8:45 a.m. Monday.

Harlingen police said a 15-year-old boy was Walking to Memorial Middle School when a man pulled up in a dark blue four-door car.

Investigators said the man offered the teen a ride to school and then made sexual advances.

The teen told police the man made sexual advances and grabbed at his clothing on the ride to school.

According to the victim, he pushed the man away and made it clear the advances were unwanted.

The man then dropped the teen off at school.

Once there, the boy alerted administrators and they notified police.

Investigators said the man is described as an older, heavy-set Hispanic male who wore glasses with salt and pepper hair and a long goatee.

Police have not made any arrests but are asking parents to be on alert, especially if their children walk to school.

They are asking parents to talk to their children and remind them about the dangers of talking or accepting rides from strangers.

It's not clear what charges the man could be facing but the case remains under investigation.

Harlingen CISD officials sent a letter home to parents notifying them about the incident.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Harlingen Crime Stoppers at (956) 425-TIPS.