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Police hunt for school girl's attacker

Police in Boxhill are appealing for anyone with information about a man who viciously attacked an eight-year-old girl outside Glenferrie primary school to contact Crime Stoppers. 1800 333 000.

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A traumatised eight-year-old girl has told police how a strange man dragged, punched, kicked and started to undress her at her school in Melbourne’s east.

The girl was attacked at Glenferrie Primary School moments after the hometime bell rang at 3.30pm last Thursday.

Shaken and distressed, it took more than two days before the girl and her parents reported the matter to police.

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Detective Senior Sergeant Alexia Bieser from the Box Hill sex offences and child investigation team said the girl was “very traumatised ... not coping, not sleeping.”

“We know that the little girl was very distressed and that she was scared that he was going to try to follow her home,” Detective Bieser said.

“She thought if she kept it to herself that she’d feel safer.”

Wanted: police are hunting for this man who assaulted a girl at her primary school.

Police are hunting for this man who assaulted a girl at her primary school.

The girl was heading for the bathroom after class when the man grabbed her left wrist and dragged her about 150 metres from the playground.

“He has tried to punch her, he has kicked her and he has sworn at her,” Detective Bieser said.

“He has undone the zip of her top and she has been able to get away from him.”

But Detective Bieser could not yet say whether the attack was sexual in nature.

“It’s still early stages of the investigation,” she said.

The girl managed to dodge her attacker and move towards another part of the school where she watched her attacker leave through the front entrance.

“She moved around him, she tried a couple of times, and then she moved under him and got between him and the wall,” Detective Bieser said.

The girl had suffered bruising and scratch marks to her legs, but did not need to be taken to hospital.

Police are asking parents at the school to speak to their children about what happened and contact them with any information.

Police do not believe the attack is linked to a recent attempted abduction of a seven-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl at a primary school in Daylesford.

Glenferrie Primary School principal Sue O’Sullivan said the school was immediately introducing new security measures, including a front gate with a pin code and extra staff on playground duty.

“It’s very distressing to think one of our children is not safe on school property,” she said.

Police have released an image of the suspect, who is described as fair-skinned, aged in his 20s, has blue eyes and short, cropped blonde hair on one side.

He was wearing black pants, a black hooded jumper and Van sneakers with red stripes.

Anyone with information about the attack, or who recognises this man, is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

With Caroline Zielinksi