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Attempted abduction points out a sad reality

February 21, 2013
The Marietta Times

I am responding to the front page article about the attempted abduction of the 11-year-old girl in Beverly that was in the weekend edition of the Times. I took exception to Det. Ted Offenberger's remarks when he stated that this innocent victim was, "in the wrong place at the wrong time," when she was assaulted as she played hide and go seek with a friend in broad daylight near a school. How is an 11-year-old always to know when is the 'right' place or time to play? Children this age are spontaneous and can't always exercise judgment that might keep them out of harms' way. His further belief that this man probably is "not a predator looking for kids" and parents in the area should not worry also showed a lack of careful thought and could be a false assumption.



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