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Man sexually assaults 12-year-old girl swimming with her friend at public pool

By Mason White 1:16 PM April 25, 2017
The sketch of the suspect
The sketch of the suspect
By: Emily Lewis

Police are looking for the man behind a sexual assault of a young girl who was enjoying herself with friends at a public swimming pool, according to police in the United Kingdom.

London police officers are investigating the sexual assault of the 12-year-old girl in the swimming pool in Woolwich.

Police have issued an electronic sketch of a man they wish to identify and trace.

On Saturday, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the 12-year-old girl and her friend visited the Waterfront Leisure Centre in Woolwich.

A short time later, while she was in the swimming pool with her friend, the girl was approached by an unknown male and was sexually assaulted.

The suspect is described as a man of around 30 years old, with black cropped hair, stubble and a goatee beard.

Detective Inspector Steve Birchall, of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command (SOECA), said: “The children in this case have been targeted in a public swimming pool.

“The person in the image knew they were children and has acted extremely inappropriately towards them. It is important we identify him to safeguard children in the same circumstances when they should be able to swim and play safely.”

Police Constable Emilie Gurney, of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command (SOECA), said: “I am urging anyone who may know or recognize the male to contact us. We urgently need to speak to him in relation to an incident which happened in a public swimming pool against a 12-year-old girl.”