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Police investigate possible sexual abuse on Lower East Side

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | The full details are still unclear, but police are investigating a possible sexual-abuse incident on the Lower East Side.

According to police, officers responding to a 911 call found a 21-year-old women outside the ABC Playground on Norfolk Street just south of E. Houston Street around 6 a.m. on Fri., Nov. 11. She was taken to Beth Israel Hospital for treatment.

A police spokesperson said the incident is being classified as possible sexual abuse and is being investigated by the Police Department’s Special Victims Unit, but that he did not have more detailed information beyond that.

A woman who is known to The Village Sun who lives on the block tipped off the newspaper to the story. She said one of her neighbors found the woman — whom he reported was “half-naked” — on the street, and called police.

The tipster told the newspaper that stretch of Norfolk Street has always been “very dark” due to a lack of adequate street lighting. Yet, even so, she felt it was surprising this incident could have happened since the location is right across the street from the Remedy Diner, which is open 24 hours.

The source said that, according to her neighbor who found the woman, she had been staying at a nearby hotel. However, the police spokesperson did not confirm that when asked by The Village Sun, stating that police would not usually give out that kind of information about a possible victim or say, for example, if she was an out-of-towner.

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