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Sex Assault on 12-Year-Old 'May Be Repeated'

Society & Culture  (tags: children, crime, child, predator, attack, australia, sydney )

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POLICE fear an attacker who dragged off and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl in a western Sydney park may strike again.


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Ali Hirst (286)
Saturday August 18, 2007, 1:04 am
Rose Hill Police Superintendent Phil Hickman said local police and investigators from the State Crime Command were canvassing the area after the "nasty" attack on the 12-year-old.

The girl was walking alone in Elizabeth Macarthur Park at Telopea at about 5.30pm (AEST) yesterday when she was approached by a man who threatened her, then grabbed her and dragged her toward a creek.

The girl had been on her way to a nearby railway station when the "random attack" occurred, Supt Hickman said today.

Asked if police feared another attack of this kind, Supt Hickman said: "That is one of the things we're appealing to the community to be mindful of.

"At this point in time, until this person is located by police, we're asking for the community to exercise care and to ensure that children in particular are accompanied."

After the assault, the girl struggled free and ran to her home.

Her mother took her to Eastwood Police Station, from where she was taken by ambulance to Westmead Children's Hospital.

The girl is out of hospital, but Supt Hickman would not give details of her injuries.

Police said the offender smelt of alcohol and cigarettes and was described as being of white/European appearance, in his 20s, with a thin build.

He has a beard but no moustache, fair hair and a freckled face.

He was wearing white sneakers, loose long black shorts with white stripes down the side, and a baggy white jumper with a hood and logo on the front.

Supt Hickman urged parents to accompany their children when they went out or at least make sure they were with one or two companions.

"It's disturbing. For the police, our main focus is on the girl and catching the offender and making the community safe," he said.

Anyone who saw a man fitting the attacker's description in the area at the time of the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Holly Troubetzkoy (167)
Saturday August 18, 2007, 4:14 am
Helen, this is another sick story and the one good thing is that the authorities are making it clear to the community that young people shpould not be unaccompanied with the wacko out loose. I am so glad the girl got away and that she was taken to hospital by the authorities. I do hope she gets the support and assistance she needs to get over this terrible attack. She still has a whole life ahead of her.
Thanks again, Helen. Holly T

Ali Hirst (286)
Saturday August 18, 2007, 1:30 pm
Yes I will keep this updated with any news on finding this sicko. Hopefully before he harms anyone else. Our children are no longer safe in their own streets anymore, to go visit friends, or go to the shops alone. A disgraceful and sad world we are living in now.

Jaclin S (230)
Saturday August 18, 2007, 2:32 pm
Noted. To my mind the parents have to buck up their ideas with all the rapes, abductions and abuses going on these days - why would you let your child out on its own??????? Supervision is a must - its a bummer for the children to have constant supervision but it is a damn sight safer for sure.
Thanx Helen.
Love & Light

Barry Seth (118)
Saturday August 18, 2007, 6:11 pm
Anyone who assaults a child needs to be strung up

Lauren Stone (586)
Saturday August 18, 2007, 9:51 pm
They ALWAYS strike again and the longer they go loose, the more viscious these bastards become. ALL countries MUST severely strengthen the laws against sexual predators.

Marian E (152)
Saturday August 18, 2007, 11:33 pm
Or hang him, and make absolutely certain he doesn't do it again to another child!
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