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Sex offender arrested

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The teenager who talked his way into a Toi Toi home by asking to use the bathroom before sexually assaulting the occupant has been arrested.

At approximately 3:40pm on Friday, the male teenager indecently assaulted a Toi Toi woman, and stole items from the property before leaving on foot.

A day later, police posted on their Facebook page, asking for the public’s help to identify the teen who was described as a slim, clean shaven  Maori or Pacific Islander with short dark hair and bleach blonde tips.

The next day they received a phone call from a member of the public who disclosed the offender’s identity and that day he was arrested.

“The male was arrested on Sunday 9 October and appeared in the Youth Court the following day where he was charged with burglary and indecent assault,” says a police spokesperson.

“The male was remanded in custody and will appear in the Youth Court again on 9 November.”

Police will not name the teenager but say they are grateful for the public’s help in identifying and locating him.

“Thank you to all the people who viewed and shared this post, we appreciate your support.”