Police appeal for help locating man accused of touching teenager at Sawtell Beach

Detectives have released this composite image of a man, who was seen nearby at the time of the incident.

Detectives have released this composite image of a man, who was seen nearby at the time of the incident.

Detectives are appealing for help from the public after a teenage girl was reportedly touched inappropriately at a nearby beach.

About 1pm on Sunday, September 8, a 14-year-old girl was with a group of young people near the surf lifesaving club at Sawtell Beach.

One of them observed a man watching the group from the nearby dunes so they decided to move.

About half an hour later, the teenage girl and four others started walking to town when she was approached by the man.

Police said they have been told the man touched the teenage girl before she walked away and sat with members of the public until the group returned.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District were contacted and launched an investigation.

The man depicted in the composite image is described as being aged in his late 30s to early 40s, between 170-180cm tall, with an olive complexion and an average build, wearing an orange baseball cap, a short sleeve dark-coloured sports jersey and board shorts.

He was last seen around the Sawtell Beach area at the time of the incident.

Anyone with any information which may assist detectives is urged to come forward.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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