On Tuesday morning an 11-year-old girl was kidnapped and sexually assaulted. The little girl was taken on her way to school in Newcastle.
According to The Herald, the police have deemed the incident as a 'horrendous' one. Authorities are currently searching for the man responsible and a video of a press briefing has been released on Facebook.
The 11-year-old girl was walking through Hudson Park in the suburb of Adamstown Heights when the incident occurred. She was on her way to school just after 9.15 a.m.
The little girl was threatened with a knife by a man who sexually assaulted her. She was then forced into a red car, believed to be a Commodore sedan and driven to bushland
There she was sexually assaulted for several hours before being released at Kotara Railway Station just before 2.15 p.m. On Tuesday night police established a crime scene in bushland beside Belair Public School.
Around seven police cars attended the area and cordoned off a section of bush between the school and an amenities block at Hudson Park. An NSW Ambulance spokesperson said paramedics had been called to an Adamstown Heights address just before 2.30 p.m.
The girl was transported to John Hunter Hospital. Police have appealed for public information to further investigations into the incident.
“It’s quite a worrying crime committed in broad daylight to a young person, a very brave young girl ... while she was on her way to school.”
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Jacob, The Herald, June 12, 2018
They said they were looking for a man described to police as being of a solid/large build. The man is described as having a chubby face and hands.
He has wrinkles on the forehead and around his mouth, brown stains on his teeth, dark messy hair and was wearing a black and grey hoodie with a distinctive blue panel on the front.
NSW Police Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad Detective Chief Inspector Paul Jacob spoke with reporters on Wednesday morning. He said the victim was being “strongly supported” by family and health professionals.
“It’s our mission to get this person and remove him from the community as quickly as we possibly can,” he added. Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage from the area to contact police immediately on 1800 333 000.
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