Police step up security at UM after juvenile molested at dorm

CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) - Authorities are seeking the public’s help in tracking down a man who, they said, inappropriately touched a juvenile inside a dorm at the University of Miami, Monday afternoon.

UM Police have stepped up patrols at the Coral Gables campus in the wake of the incident that, officials said, took place inside the laundry room of the Stanford Residential College, at around 4 p.m.

University officials said a man walked into the the room with a small black dog, which got the victim’s attention. As the victim started to leave, the subject brushed by the victim, inappropriately touching the victim as he passed.

Word of the lewd and lascivious act spread quickly across campus as officials released information. “I would not become myself if I knew someone had done something to, not only someone I love, but any child, because they’re defenseless,” said visitor Darlene Smith.

UM student Oscar Lacaya was also disturbed by the incident. “It’s horrible, but I can’t imagine for it to happen here, especially, because everybody is a pretty close family here,” he said.

While most students are away for the summer, teens and children of all ages are visiting the campus, and some are attending camps. “It’s concerning, but it’s not all that uncommon,” said visitor Kathryn Koning.

“It’s just sad, you know,” said Smith. “The value of life, it’s not what it used to be.”

Investigators described the subject as a light-skinned man between the ages of 20 and 25 years old and stands 5 foot 8 to 5 foot 10. He was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, dark shorts and a purple headband, and along with the dog, he was carrying a dark colored backpack.

Visitor Trinette Clark said it’s important for children to remain vigilant. “The only thing you can tell the children is to be watchful, be aware of your surroundings,” she said, “to listen, pay attention to who’s around you, because there are predators everywhere,” she said.

Because this crime is sexual in nature, authorities have not released any more details.

Coral Gables Police are investigating.

If you have any information on the subject’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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