Man pats child on head at Dunedin park

A 4-year-old girl was approached and then touched by a man who subsequently fled the Dunedin park when confronted by her parents.

Her parents contacted the police, who yesterday urged anyone who saw what happened to come forward.

The unshaven caucasian man approached the girl at Ocean Grove Park about 3.30pm on Wednesday.

He spoke to the girl and patted her on her head, Sergeant Anthony Bond, of Dunedin, said.

The girl’s parents confronted him and, without a word, he left the park.

The man was described as being of medium build and height, and about 50 to 60 years old. He had two small dogs with him, Sgt Bond said.

Police wanted anyone who may have seen what happened to contact them.


It is not ok to do this. It relates not to threat, but to children's rights.

The information is, at best, sketchy.

Could it be that the little girl went over to see the little dogs and the man innocently gave the little girl a pat on the head in a friendly gesture with no intentions of doing harm ?

In the opening paragraph he "fled the Dunedin park when confronted by her parents." The Police have said "without a word, he left the park." If the parents had been agressive and threatening, then it's possible he just left the park to avoid a confrontation and possibly physically harmed.

I am not defending this mans actions Hill, but I believe the law is innocent until proven guilty. That said, it would probably be in everyones best interest if that person with the dogs went to the police voluntarily to clear this matter up.



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