SCOTLAND, UK - - A 13-YEAR-OLD sex attacker was being hunted by detectives today after he indecently assaulted a 12-year-old boy near a popular park.
The victim was walking alone on Inverleith Place, near Inverleith Park, at around 11am yesterday when he was approached by another boy. The boy threatened him before forcing the distraught youngster to touch him inappropriately.
The attacker is described as white, around 13 years old, 5ft 6in tall, slim, with short dark hair. He spoke with a Scottish accent.
He was wearing a long-sleeved, white polo shirt with blue hoops or stripes on the bottom half, dark tracksuit bottoms and scruffy white trainers which had three Velcro straps.
Pc Ross Drummond, from the West End police station, who is investigating the incident, said: "The boy was walking to meet a friend when the suspect approached him near the Botanic Gardens end of the street.
"There was a sustained exchange of perhaps 15 minutes between them. The victim was about the same size and build, but we are not discounting the possibility that the suspect was an older boy with a more youthful appearance. The suspect was very composed and his behaviour would suggest that it was not a spur-of-the-moment act."
Pc Drummond said the 12-year-old had been left deeply upset by the incident. The police were alerted by his family after he arrived home and they noticed he seemed distressed.
He added: "He has been very good with the police and has given a detailed description of the attacker. His family have been helpful too."
Police now plan to carry out door-to-door inquiries of residents in the street while efforts will be made to trace any CCTV footage.
A police spokeswoman said: "The victim was unhurt but was greatly distressed by what happened. The assault took place on the street in Inverleith Place, and we are appealing for anyone who may have seen the suspect to come forward. The nearby Botanic Gardens are a very popular spot for visitors and would have been busy on Sunday with the fair weather. We would appeal to anyone who can help with the inquiry to come forward."