Police are on the hunt for a man they allege was involved in the sexual assault of a young girl.
Authorities released an image of the man they believe met with the girl a number of times and had sex with her, Daily mail reports
An inappropriate relationship is alleged to have begun when the man and the girl met online, when she was 14-years-old, and led to a number of meetings at an oval in Hornsby Heights between February 2015 and January 2016.
The man is understood to be of Asian appearance, in his mid-20s or mid-30s, having a medium build, with short black hair, brown eyes, and is clean shaven.
‘As part of our ongoing inquiries, we have released an image of a man we believe may be able to assist us,’ Det A/Supt Yeomans said.
‘He may be named or use the name ‘Alex’, wears glasses and was known to wear business-style clothes.’
‘I urge members of the community to look closely at the image and if you recognise the man, please contact police.’
Police also noted the importance of regulating and supervising internet access for young people.
‘Any app, online game, or social media platform that allows the user to be in contact with someone they’ve only met online potentially puts them at risk,’ Det A/Supt Yeomans said.
‘Not only should young people be very careful about providing personal details to a person they only know in online environment, they should never organise to meet as doing so may place them at further risk of harm.’