Two girls aged 8 and 10 years old indecently assaulted at Cronulla beach while swimming
Two girls aged eight and 10 were swimming when it’s alleged the man touched them inappropriately.
NSW Police have commended lifeguards who detained a man after he allegedly molested two young children in the surf at a Sydney beach.
Two girls aged eight and 10 were swimming at North Cronulla beach about 4pm on Friday when they noticed an unknown man swimming nearby, police said.
The 60-year-old man allegedly swam closer to the girls before touching them both inappropriately.
A member of the public, who allegedly watched the man approach the kids and touch them in the surf, believed he was not a family member and thought it was suspicious.
She alerted lifeguards who came and watched before deciding to converge on the man.
He was taken from the surf and detained on the beach until police arrived.
Chief Inspector Gary Ford said the daylight attack was “very unusual” and “out of character” for the area.
He commended the actions of the woman and the lifeguards.
“They’ve done a great job obviously going down there and observing what he was doing and then detained him there until the police arrived,” he told reporters at Cronulla on Saturday.
“We all need to be responsible for our actions. It’s not something that should be occurring in the area and people should treat people with respect.”
Ch Insp Ford said the suspect, who was charged with intentionally sexually touching a child under 10 years and intentionally sexually touching a child between 10 and 16 years, was not known to police.
He was released on conditional bail before his next appearance in court on February 7.
The children are now recovering with their family.
“My understanding is they’re fine, they’re okay and back with their family,” Ch Insp Ford said.
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