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Kelly Walsh High School

Cars come and go from Kelly Walsh High School on Monday afternoon.

The 17-year-old student who was sexually assaulted Monday in a Kelly Walsh High School parking lot fought back against her attacker, police said Tuesday.

Police are still looking for the assailant, who was last seen running north from the school. As they continued their search, investigators offered new details about the incident.

The student was walking to her car late Monday morning when an older man “made a comment,” according to a police account of her statement.

She told police that the man, whom she estimated was between 35 and 40 years old, started putting hands on her. She pushed him away and got in her car before he fled, Sgt. Mike Ogden said.

Ogden said the student was not injured in the attack.

Police had a heightened presence at Kelly Walsh and other area schools Tuesday, Ogden said.

The police department described the suspect as a 6-foot tall white man, weighing 180 pounds, wearing a gray t-shirt and faded jeans with unshaven gray facial hair.

In comments Monday, Ogden said the police investigation had not found other witnesses to the assault and there was no known surveillance images of the area.

Natrona County School District spokeswoman Tanya Southerland said no schools were placed on lockout, though they were on “heightened awareness.” Officials in those buildings — Kelly Walsh is within walking distance of multiple elementary schools — were told they could go into a lockout situation if they felt it was necessary.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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