Police hunting mystery online man after young girl sexually assaulted

NSW Police have released a photo of a man who they believe may be able to assist with their investigation into the sexual assault of a young girl.

Police said detectives launched an investigation after receiving information the teenager had been sexually assaulted by a man she met online.

The pair began engaging online in early 2015, when the girl was aged 14, and met on a number of occasions at an oval in Hornsby Heights between February 2015 and January 2016 and had sex, police say.


Child Abuse Squad Commander, Acting Superintendent Peter Yeomans, said despite extensive inquiries, detectives have not been able identify the man.

“As part of our ongoing inquiries, we have released an image of a man we believe may be able to assist us,” Detective Yeomans said.

“The man is depicted as being of Asian appearance, aged between his mid 20s and mid 30s, having a medium build, with short black hair, brown eyes, and clean shaven.

“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.”

Acting Superintendent Yeomans also urged parents to speak with their children about online safety.

“Any app, on-line 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,” Detective 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,” Det A/Supt Yeomans said.