ELIZABETHVILLE, DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. -- Most parents expect the park to be a safe place to place to play for kids but for the second time in a month, a young girl has reported being raped by a man in the woods near the Elizabethville Park and Pool in Dauphin County.
A few kids in the area said it's no secret something disturbing happened back in the woods.
Wednesday, a 13-year-old girl reported to troopers at Pennsylvania State Police Lykens that she had sexual relations with a 20-year-old man in a secluded area near the Elizabethville park.
Pennsylvania State Police trooper Kyle Tobin said "the actor in this case, there were two separate interviews conducted with him, and both instances, he was able to admit to his conduct and and sexual activity he had with the young girls."
Just last month, a 12-year-old girl told police she also had sex with a man in the woods behind the Elizabethville Park and Pool. Pennsylvania State Police arrested a 20-year-old Halifax man, Broc Ferguson, and charged him with several offenses for having sex with a minor.
He faces more charges for this second case, and now some parents say they won't let their kids play in the park after dark.
"I mean you have young girls, children, 12 to 13 years of age, and you have a 20-year-old male, who is engaging in sexual activity. Obviously, it can shake the community as well as all the parents in the area," Trooper Tobin said.
It may be the bravery of those girls who stepped forward which might help keep other girls in the area safe.
The latest victim to come forward said she and other young girls had contact with the suspect.
"At this point in time we definitely urge anybody in the community who thinks that their child could possibly be involved, or had contact with this subject, to definitely contact the State Police at Lykens," Trooper Tobin said.