Photojournalist impostor calls high school girls
Tom Murray reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
WHITEFISH BAY - It is not the stranger danger most parents would think to bring to their children.
A man is calling suburban high school girls on sports teams. He claims to be a Journal Sentinel photojournalist and has asked the teenagers to join him for a photo shoot.
"You think about evil people lurking other places, like the mall, various places, not as a reporter," said Lisa Merrill, a Whitefish Bay parent. "I've never heard of that before."
Other parents, like Gwen Austin, call this impostor "creepy."
"He could come across as being legitimate and they may think this is a safe thing to do and it could turn out really, really bad," Austin told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.
Police believe the same suspect has contacted teen girls who attend Verona, Hartland-Arrowhead, Kewaskum, Pius, Whitefish Bay and Cedarburg high schools.
In Cedarburg, the man actually set up a photo shoot with two girls, but he did not show.
Cedarburg police officer Joseph Biliskov has a lead on a suspect. The person of interest is believed to be a middle-aged man with a history of impersonating authorities like police officers and state government officials.
"We just want to make sure that our children are safe in our community," Biliskov said. "We just want to put a stop to it. We want to identify the person and make this guy go away."
No one is in custody.
Police do not believe any photo shoots have actually happened.
The suspect could face municipal or state charges for harassment or disorderly conduct if and when he is caught.
Additional families who believe they may have been contacted by the same man are urged to call police.