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Police Investigate Assault on 4yo Girl at South Australian Museum

A FOUR-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted in a brazen attack at the South Australian Museum.
Her attacker struck as her father was momentarily distracted in a courtyard area on the ground floor of the museum in Adelaide on Sunday.
The attack occurred with other museum patrons nearby and took less than two minutes, Detective Inspector Mark Trenwith, from the sexual crime investigation branch, said on Tuesday.
"The child's father was in the vicinity of the shop there and was momentarily distracted," he said.
"It was all over before he had even realised something had happened."
Det Insp Trenwith said the attack appeared to be opportunistic, with the offender entering the museum only minutes before.
"This is a shocking thing to happen in broad daylight," he said.
"But it is a reminder to parents of little children that there are predators out there who, unfortunately, will behave in a despicable way.
"It's hard to fathom what's in these people's minds."
Closed circuit television footage did not capture the assault as it occurred behind a large marquee.
But images of the offender, before and afterwards, have been retrieved. Detectives are checking those images against a register of known sex offenders.
The girl was distraught after the assault, which involved inappropriate contact. She is undergoing counselling.
Det Insp Trenwith said there had been no similar incidents at the museum.
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AAP (3-3-2009)

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Four-year-old girl molested at South Australian museum

POLICE are studying security footage for clues to the identity of a man who sexually assaulted a four-year-old girl visiting the South Australian Museum.
Police say the girl was attacked in the rear courtyard on Sunday about 4.30pm.
The courtyard is accessible at all times without entering the North Terrace museum. A large marquee prevents a clear view of all aspects of the courtyard.
Museum head of public programs Mark Judd said yesterday it was not the first incident of concern that had occurred at the museum.
"All public places do get a few (incidents)," Mr Judd said.
"There have been times in the past when we've had a few undesirable types around, and we monitor those.
Our security staff and the rest of our staff are trained (to note) if anyone looks suspicious or is behaving in an odd manner, or loitering.
"Unfortunately, there are a few creeps out there.
"We don't like to have these sorts of things happen, it's shocking."
Child Exploitation detectives are hunting for a Caucasian man in his late 20s or early 30s.
They say he is clean-shaven with short dark hair.

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,,25126834-5006301,00.html (3-3-2009)
Amy Noonan, police reporter

Sex Assault on Four-year-old Girl in South Australian Museum

A YOUNG girl has been sexually assaulted in broad daylight while visiting the South Australian Museum in Adelaide.
The four-year-old was in the rear courtyard of the museum's ground floor when the incident occurred at 4.30pm (CST) yesterday.
Child Exploitation Section detectives are hunting for a clean-shaven Caucasian man in his late 20s to early 30s with short dark hair.
Mark Judd, SA Museum's head of public programs, said it was not the first incident at the museum, but that staff were trained to be on the lookout for people "loitering".
He said police had requested CCTV footage from the area surrounding the rear courtyard.

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