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CHESTERTON — Police are seeking the public's help after a man reportedly exposed himself to a group of girls Monday as they were running together in the area west of the Chesterton Middle School.

The Duneland School Corporation is working with the Chesterton Police Department on the investigation, according to a Facebook post Wednesday from the Chesterton Police Department. 

The students reported that a red, 4-door passenger car — possibly a Pontiac Grand Am or Grand Prix — stopped in the area of 14th Street south of Porter Avenue and the driver exposed himself, the release from police stated. 

No contact between the suspect and the students occurred, police said.

The students continued on the run, returning to the school where they notified their coach of the incident.

The suspect was described as a white male, heavy build with messy, dark hair and glasses. He appeared to be between 25 to 35 years old, police said. 

Chesterton Police Sgt. Chris Swickard, the school's resource officer, was immediately notified and students were interviewed and their respective parents were notified.

Additional patrols will be occurring along routes most commonly used by student athletes, and the school's safety and security team is working closely with the Chesterton Police Department. 

"The safety of our students is always a high priority for the Duneland Schools," Superintendent Dr. Ginger Bolinger said in a statement from Chesterton police. "We responded to this incident quickly and continue to work with our local law enforcement regarding this incident. We seek community support to notify police of any suspicious behavior.”

Anyone with information should contact the Chesterton Police Department at 219-926-1136. 

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Public safety reporter

Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.