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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Girl allegedly sexually assaulted at Nelson Bay

Detectives are appealing for information as part of enquiries into the alleged sexual assault of a young girl near Port Stephens almost two years ago.

Earlier this month, members of the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad started an investigation following reports a youngster had been sexually assaulted by an unknown man at Nelson Bay in 2019.

Investigators have been told the girl – then aged 11 – was at Dutchmans Beach Reserve when she was approached by an unknown man.

She was then taken to nearby bushes and sexually assaulted.

The incident is believed to have occurred between 11am to late afternoon on Sunday 27 January 2019.

The man has been described to police as being aged in his 60s or 70s, with an olive complexion, grey hair below his ears and a moustache.

He is believed to have been wearing a black t-shirt.

As investigations continue, detectives are appealing for public information – including any photographs, video recordings or dashcam footage – from Dutchmans Beach Reserve on Sunday 27 January 2019.

Anyone who can assist is urged to come forward immediately.

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse and serious cases of neglect.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page at https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.