Attack on girl, 7, screens on Police Ten 7

By Genevieve Helliwell

Tauranga detectives are hopeful an appearance on the television crime-fighting series Police Ten 7 will help identify the man who sexually assaulted a seven-year-old girl in her Mount Maunganui home.

The young girl and her sister were asleep in their Oceanview Rd home when the intruder entered the house and sexually assaulted the seven-year-old.

The attack happened on September 4.

At the girl's house today, former Bay of Plenty Detective and host of the television show Police Ten 7, Graham Bell, began filming for this Thursday's episode, which highlights the case.

At the home, which is no longer occupied by the young girl and her family, Mr Bell and Tauranga Detective Sergeant Darryl Brazier discussed what happened.

"Sometime overnight on the fourth of September, a male has entered the house through [a] sliding door and gone into the room where a seven-year-old girl and her six-year-old sister were sleeping.

"He made no attempt to gain entry anywhere else in the house ... and was inside for about 20 minutes or so."

The offender sexually assaulted the girl before he took off down the street.

Mr Brazier told the Bay of Plenty Times the offender had committed "a despicable crime" which had left the young girl traumatised.

"With this we are obviously trying to generate information and find the offender and make sure this doesn't happen again," Mr Brazier said.

The offender was described as a Maori man in his 30s with a mohawk hair style and earrings in his left ear.

If you have any information about who the offender is, contact Tauranga police on 577 4300 or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police Ten 7 will screen on Thursday, 7.30pm on TV 2.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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