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10-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted While Walking To School

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A 10-year-old girl was walking to school in El Monte on Friday morning when she was groped by a man in his 50s.KTLA reports the man approached the girl as she walked alone near the corner of Tyler Avenue and Dodson Street in El Monte around 7:15 a.m. Friday.

"The male suspect approached the girl who was alone and engaged her in conversation speaking only Spanish," said El Monte police Sgt. Roger Cobian in a written statement. "The suspect came up behind the girl and hugged her while fondling her breast area over her clothing. A school bus arrived scaring the suspect off."

According to the SGV Tribune, the man drove off in a silver, four-door compact car; possibly a Toyota Corolla.

Cobian told KTLA that they have no witnesses and few leads as to the whereabouts of the suspect, but did have a composite sketch to work with. The man is described as in his 50s, with a medium build of 5 feet 7 inches tall, with salt-and-pepper hair and pock marks on his face. Officials also said he wore a black hooded sweatshirt.

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If you have information, contact the El Monte Police Department at 626-580-2114, or email a tip to tips@empd.org.