Police: Teenager sexually assaulted by man who followed her home from Upper Arlington library

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UPPER ARLINGTON, OH (WCMH) — A disturbing crime against a teenager has Upper Arlington residents concerned. 

Police said a girl in her late teens reported she was sexually assaulted after being followed home from the library. 

The girl told police she met a man at the Miller Park Library branch on Arlington Avenue on May 8th.

It was just before noon that day when she said he followed her home, forced his way inside, and sexually assaulted her. It’s a crime police say is very rare in the city.

“It’s really disturbing,” said Bruce Warthman, who lives in Upper Arlington.

“I can’t imagine something like that happening, especially to a woman who is just coming here and followed home. That’s just crazy to me,” said Alexa Anders, also an Upper Arlington resident.

Police declined to speak on camera because of the active investigation. They said they’ve spoken with all parties involved, but have not named any suspects or made any arrests.

A couch cushion from the home and DVD handled by the man at the library were collected as evidence.

NBC4 reached out to the library for comment. It declined to speak on camera, but said it has surveillance cameras in all locations and recently updated its system and added additional cameras.

Residents said they have faith in police to solve the crime and believe it’s an isolated incident.

“They’ll find it. They’ll take care of it and it will be fine,” said Anders.

“Just about every community every once in awhile has an incident like that. It can’t be totally prevented,” said Warthman.

The girl was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Police said library staff saw the victim and man leave together. Police were able to confirm that by watching security footage. Officers spoke with neighbors in hopes of finding witnesses or home security camera footage.

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