Police are investigating following reports a girl was sexually assaulted on her way to school on the Central Coast this morning.
About 9am, the 12-year-old disclosed to police she'd been sexually assaulted by an unknown man while walking to school.
Police were told the girl was walking along a pathway between Reeves and Carrington Streets at Narara, about 7.45am, when a man grabbed her from behind, took her into nearby bushland, where she was tied up, and sexually and indecently assaulted.
The girl escaped and made her way to school, where the incident was reported. She has since been taken to hospital for assessment.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad and Brisbane Water Local Area Command have commenced an investigation.
A crime scene has been established, which is being examined by specialist forensic officers.
Local police are also conducting extensive patrols throughout the area.
Detectives would like to speak with a man who they believe can assist with their inquiries.
He is described as being aged in his mid-20s, 175-180cm tall, with a chubby build, grey/blond hair, and blue eyes.
At the time he was wearing a knitted camouflage shirt, camouflage pants over navy blue pants, and a camouflage hat, with a loose covering over his face that exposed his eyes and nose.
He was also carrying a camouflage bag and in possession of a hunting knife.
Members of the public are urged not to approach the man if sighted, but to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.
The Child Abuse Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children, including sexual assault, physical abuse and serious cases of neglect.
Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/. Reports can also be made to the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.
Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.