A 46-year-old Tauranga man has been arrested and charged with assaulting Trevor Hall, the convicted paedophile who sexually abused a 7-year-old girl.

Hall, 59, was due to be sentenced in Tauranga District Court this morning on four charges of indecent assault on a child, but Judge Peter Rollo adjourned the sentencing to December 17.

As Hall left the courthouse on bail, a man punched Hall in the mouth then fled.

Tauranga police Senior Sergeant Rob Glencross told the Bay of Plenty Times that a 46-year-old man was arrested at 11.12am today and charged with assault.

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The man was remanded on police bail to appear in Tauranga Registrar's Court on Monday.