SACRAMENTO - Police in Turlock are stepping up patrols around several schools after three teens were assaulted in less than 24 hours.
Police say one girl was groped as she was walking home from school Monday afternoon.
Two more students were assaulted on their way to school Tuesday morning.
The attacks put parents, students and staff at Turlock Junior High and Pitman High schools on high alert. A total of three female students were targeted in the area on three separate occasions.
The Turlock Unified School District sent out an automated phone message to all parents, warming them to take precautions.
The first incident happened Monday afternoon as a 16-year-old girl was walking home from school on Christoffersen Parkway. Police say a man grabbed her inappropriately. She was able to free herself and ran to a nearby church to ask for help.