Girl, 12, tells police she was tied up and sexually assaulted near Reeves and Carrington streets at Narara

A YOUNG girl has told police she was tied up and sexually assaulted after being grabbed on a Central Coast pathway on the way to school on Monday.

Police were told the girl, 12, was walking along the pathway between Reeves and Carrington streets at Narara about 7.45am when she was grabbed from behind.

She said she was taken into nearby bushland where she was tied up and assaulted.

She was able to escape and make her way to school where she was reported the attack about 9am.

The girl has since been taken to hospital for assessment.

A crime scene has been established, which is being examined by specialist forensic officers.

Local police are also conducting extensive patrols throughout the area.

Detectives would like to speak with a man who they believe “can assist with their inquiries”.

He is described as being aged in his mid-20s, about 175-180cm tall, with a chubby build, grey/blond hair, and blue eyes.

At the time he was wearing a knitted camouflage shirt, camouflage pants over navy blue pants, and a camouflage hat, with a loose covering over his face that exposed his eyes and nose.

He was also carrying a camouflage bag and in possession of a hunting knife.

Members of the public are urged not to approach the man if sighted, but to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.