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Police: Registered sex offender stalked junior high student; seen following her some 24 times

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Posted at 1:08 PM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-02 15:08:39-04

A Boise man has been booked into the Ada County Jail on charges he reportedly stalked a junior high-age girl -- following her at least two dozen times, according to police.

Officers were contacted on October 27, of this year about a female South Junior High School student who was being continually stalked by an adult man. 

“The victim reported being followed by the unknown man at least two dozen times since August. Each time, the unknown man was driving the same vehicle, a silver Ford Ranger,” said a Boise Police Department news release.

“On one occasion the man made lewd sexual gestures to the victim in the area of West Overland and South Shoshone (Streets). On the last occurrence, the victim’s mom was able to take a picture of the suspect’s vehicle and report it to police,” the release stated.

Evidence reportedly led police to Ryan Harrell, 32, of Boise, a registered sex offender.

Officers arrested Harrell Tuesday. He was booked into the Ada County Jail on charges of first degree stalking and sexual abuse of a child under sixteen years of age. Both are felonies.

Officers believe there may have been more victims.

Anyone with additional information about the suspect is asked to call 343-COPS.

“Boise Police Patrol Officers worked quickly with School Resource Officers to provide surveillance around the school and work out a safety plan for the victim,” said Sgt. Craig Nixon of the Boise Police Department. “This young victim was very alert to her surroundings and was able to provide police with detailed information that helped track down the suspect.”