Police: No evidence of molestation on playground surveillance video

Police: No evidence of molestation on playground surveillance video
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Police said the report of a girl who was molested on a Madison school playground Monday is unsubstantiated, according to video surveillance.

Madison police said Tuesday that officers and school representatives reviewed video of the Lapham Elementary playground and found no evidence of the alleged sexual assault of a 6-year-old during school hours.

The girl told her mother she was assaulted by a man with a long black beard and mustache who was wearing a red shirt and black pants. The mother had provided possible physical evidence related to the incident, according to the report.

The police department said Tuesday that detectives hadn’t been able to substantiate that the sexual assault took place.

Police and the Madison Metropolitan School District are continuing to look into the reported incident, officials said.

In a letter to families Tuesday, Lapham principal Tammy Thompson Kapp said the school takes student safety “very seriously.”

“I want to emphasize that if a child ever feels unsafe or if you have any concerns, that it is absolutely the right thing to report to us or to police so that we can fully investigate,” Kapp wrote. “We work hard to ensure that our school is a very safe place for all of our students.”