July 20, 2024

OTTAWA — A 14-year-old Kansas City boy was sexually assaulted Monday night along I-35 near Ottawa.  Undersheriff Steve Lunger said the boy’s family had run out of gas northeast of Ottawa near the K-68 interchange.  The boy was walking to a gas station when a man in a pickup stopped and offered him a ride, Lunger said.  The man then forced the boy to perform a sex act and kicked him out of the truck, he said.  The boy walked to the gas station and called the sheriff’s office.  The sheriff’s office asks that if any one saw the boy walking along I-35 or a pickup parked on the shoulder at about 10:30 p.m. Monday to call Detective Bob Moews at (785) 242-3800.  Lunger described the man as white, being in his late 20s, blue eyes and dark brown hair and medium build.  The pickup was described as a medium-sized pickup.  This is the first such incident that’s been reported to the sheriff’s office, he said.

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m.

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