Sex offender posed as officer; assaulted 11-year-old girl

SPRING HILL, N.C.-- Police in the town of Spring Hill are searching for a man who impersonated a police officer and then sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl. The incident happened Tuesday as the young girl was walking to the library from her house.

Spring Hill police chief Troy McDuffie tells WFMY News 2 they have warrants charging 28-year-old Nathan Lynn Cooley of Spring Hill with First Degree Kidnapping and Taking Indecent Liberties with a Child.

However, Cooley has not been served and late Thursday they issued a nationwide 'be on the lookout' (BOLO) for him, Chief McDuffie said. Cooley was last seen driving a beige or gold Mitsubishi Galant with a Virginia license plate.

WFMY News 2 checked his background and learned Cooley is a registered sex offender in North Carolina. His registration is for lifetime. He was convicted of two previous child sex crimes.

The man lured the child to his car by posing as an police officer searching for his dog. Police said he drove the child to a wooded area and assaulted her.

People in the city are not only scared, but they're angry.

"It worries me to death to know that something like that would happen right across the street from the neighbors, my home, my kids and my grandkids," Nancy Serra, a Spring Hill resident told WRAL.

Police handling the case told WRAL the little girl is physically okay and back with her parents. However, police say she's emotionally traumatized.

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