By Stewart Bishop
A student at an unnamed Boston college was sexually assaulted last night along the Charles River Esplanade, authorities said.
According to a statement released from the office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, the female student was assaulted as she sat on a park bench near Massachusetts Ave. at about 11:30 p.m.
The statement said the assailant engaged the woman in a lengthy conversation before assaulting her. She managed to escape and fled the area on foot to a friend's house before notifying police, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for Conley.
The suspect is described as a black male, about 25 to 30 years old, 6’1” to 6’2”, about 230 lbs, with short hair and a missing front tooth. He was wearing black sweatpants and a green top.
Last night's assault comes after a series of four similar unsolved sexual assaults that occurred late at night along the Esplanade and in South Boston from 2006 to 2009, the statement said.
The victims in those assaults all described the assailant as a black male, in his mid-20s to mid-30s, standing 5’8” to 5’10” tall, with a medium-to-large build and a bald head.
Public Safety officials urged that all joggers, cyclists and pedestrians who use the Esplanade at night to travel in groups, remain aware of their surroundings and to avoid one-on-one contact with strangers.
Anyone with information on the assaults is asked to contact State Police at 617-727-6780.
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