Officers says it happened on Aberdeen Walk , Scarborough between 8am and 8.15am on January 29 when a man approached a young woman who was sitting on a bench near the British Heart Foundation bus stop.
A spokesman for the force said: "He squatted down in front of her, rubbing her thighs with his hands, whilst commenting on her appearance."
A male in his 20s was arrested and later released under investigation
Officers are requesting the public’s assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
In particular, we are appealing for information from people who witnessed the incident and can describe or identify the man responsible.
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Dom Lee. You can also email [email protected]If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12200016236