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Police release photo of suspect after girl, 8, sexually assaulted in Thorncliffe Park

Police have released this image of a suspect wanted in connection with the sexual assault of an eight-year-old girl in Thorncliffe Park on Oct. 5, 2015. Toronto Police Service/Handout

TORONTO — Police have released a photo and are asking the public for help in identifying a suspect wanted in the sexual assault of an eight-year-old girl in east-end Toronto.

Police said the girl was shopping with her parents in the Thorncliffe Park area when an unknown man approached her from behind and sexually assaulted her at about 11:15 a.m. on Monday. The suspect then fled the location in an unknown direction.

Police described the suspect as a brown man aged 50 to 60 years old with a moustache. He was wearing a black hat, black button jacket or blazer and blue jeans.

A surveillance photo of the suspect has been released and police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit the Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes website.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at http://www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or leave a tip on Facebook.

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