Schoolgirl Sexually Assaulted In Five-Hour Ordeal
Police are seeking help from the public to track down the male offender.
What you need to know
- An 11-year-old girl was walking through a park in the Newcastle suburb of Adamstown Heights on Tuesday morning when she was attacked by a man at knifepoint
- Police said she was sexually assaulted in the park, before being forced into a red car
- The girl was then driven to another area of bushland where she was sexually assaulted for several hours before being released at Kotara train station about 2.15pm
- Police are seeking dashcam footage or recordings from the public to track down the male offender
Police are urging the public to help track down a male offender after an 11-year-old girl was abducted and sexually assaulted in Newcastle during a five-hour ordeal.
The young girl was walking through Hudson Park in Adamstown Heights on her way to school just after 9.15am on Tuesday when she was attacked from behind by a man at knifepoint, police said.
She was then sexually assaulted in the park.
The victim was then forced into a red car and driven to another area of bushland where she was sexually assaulted for several hours before being dropped off at Kotara train station just before 2.15pm.
“It is horrendous,” Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad Detective Chief Inspector Paul Jacob told reporters on Wednesday.
“It’s a worrying crime committed in broad daylight to a young lady while she was on her way to school.”
Resident Steve McLachlan was walking his dog in the area around the time of the attack.
“I was walking towards the park and I noticed there was a red car parked unusually in front of the bridge,” he said.
“I noticed the back door was open and I thought there might be someone in there. But I couldn’t see any heads, so I walked by.
“It’s sickening to think what has happened.”
Police were called when the young girl returned home and she was taken to John Hunter Hospital for medical examination.
A crime scene was set up at Hudson Park, with Newcastle Police and the Child Abuse Sex Crimes Squad commencing inquiries.
Det. Insp. Jacob said several several lines of inquiry are being investigated, including searches of another area of bushland where the young girl was taken and sexually assaulted.
“We are very open to whether further crimes were committed against this young lady. We don’t know for certain at this point,” he said.
The 11-year-old is now safely in the custody of her parents.
Det. Insp. Jacob said she was doing "remarkably well" and is being strongly supported with counselling.
“She is a very brave young lady who has intensely assisted the police in a remarkable way throughout the evening and into the late evening."
The male offender has been described as being of solid build with brown hair and wearing a "distinctive-coloured hoodie" that was zipped up over his chin and mouth.
While the jacket prevented the victim from seeing his full face, she was able to provide police with some “accurate descriptions” .
“(She described) the wrinkles around his forehead, the side of the mouth, the fact that he had chubby hands and messy hair,” Det. Insp. Jacob said.
“These are tags we would suggest to the public that there would be people out there that would have seen this man.
“We are asking those people to come forward and help us solve this brutal crime.”
Police are urging the public to consider dashcam footage or recordings made in and around the area at the time, or in the days leading up to the offence.
“He did get away with this … it is our mission to get this person and remove him from the community as quickly as we possibly can.
“We need your help to do that.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.