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Teenage Girl Sexually Assaulted In Bushland

NSW police have launched an urgent manhunt for a predator who allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old girl as she made her way home from school in the NSW Hunter Region.

At around 3:30pm on Wednesday, the teenager was travelling home from the first day back at school on a bus on the Pacific Highway near Windale. As she exited the bus she was approached by an unknown man armed with a knife.

NSW POlice Are INvestigating After The Brazen Attack On A 14-year-old girl

The year 9 student was dragged into bushland and sexually assaulted before the unknown man ran away from the scene and allegedly drove off in a silver car.

The shocking incident occurred just metres from a main road near dozens of homes and in broad daylight.

“It is shocking - daylight, on a lear day with lots of people around,” said Det Supt John Kerlatec from the Sex Crimes Squad. “It just demonstrates how brazen this person is.”

Police were notified when the girl arrived home and a crime scene was established in bushland off the Pacific Highway, with specialist forensic officers brought in to examine the scene.

The girl was examined by NSW Ambulance paramedics at her home before being taken to John Hunter Hospital. She has since returned home.

The man has been described as being in his 30s or 40s, with a heavy build, large belly and legs, a prominent nose and lips. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, long dark-coloured pants and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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