Boy, 14, Sexually Assaulted While Walking to School

Dallas police are searching for a man who they say sexually assaulted a mentally challenged teenage boy in southeast Dallas Wednesday morning.

The 14-year-old victim was picked up in the 500 block of North Jim Miller Road by a man and then driven to the 7900 block of Wes Hodges Road, according to Maj. Jeff Cotner of the Dallas Police Department.

Once there, the man sexually assaulted the teen, according to Cotner.

"We certainly want everybody in the southeast community to be aware of this offense. We want them to take steps for awareness," Cotner said at a news conference Wednesday.

The teen provided police with a detailed description of the attacker and his vehicle. The suspect is described as a black man, 25 to 30 years old, with tattoos, possibly of crosses, on both forearms.

He was driving a black two-door Chevrolet truck with six or seven wooden cabinets in the bed of the truck, police say.

The teen suffers from a diminished mental capacity, according to Cotner, and will occasionally leave his school and walk home during the day.

When the boy had left school Wednesday and returned home, his mother told him to walk back to school, police said.

It was during his walk back to school, around 11 a.m., when the man approached the boy, according to police.

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