Police are appealing to the community for witnesses following reports a young child was touched inappropriately by an unknown man at a Mid North Coast pool earlier this week.
Between 9.30am and 3pm on Tuesday (15 January 2019), a three-year-old girl attended a supervised excursion to the community swimming pool at Nabiac.
Later that evening, the girl reported to her parents that while she was in the toilet block during the day, she was approached by an unknown man and touched inappropriately.
The girl was later taken to Manning Base Hospital for an examination.
The incident was reported to police and detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Unit and Manning-Great Lakes Police District commenced an investigation.
Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Acting Superintendent Andrew Waterman, appealed to the community for information that may assist with their inquiries.
“Detectives have conducted a significant canvass and we’ve established that the pool was very busy throughout the day,” Det A/Supt Waterman said.
“We would like to hear from anyone who went to the pool on Tuesday or was at the tennis courts or the nearby park.
“In particular, we would like to speak with anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously in the amenities building next to the pool – or who went into the ladies’ toilet.”
The man was described as being old and dirty, and wearing a blue, green, and yellow shirt and blue pants.
Anyone who saw this man, or who has information that may assist detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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 extreme 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.
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