Police are appealing for any witnesses after a 13-year-old girl was assaulted while walking to school.
The Tauranga Intermediate student was grabbed from behind and dragged back by a man, before she managed to get away.
No words were apparently spoken by the attacker, police said.
The assault happened at the intersection of Greerton and Chadwick Roads.
Senior Sergeant Lew Warner said police were looking to speak to anyone who witnessed the attack or any similar assaults in the area.
The offender was described as a 183cm tall male caucasian, about 30 years of age. He had light brown hair and was wearing 3/4 pants and a basketball-type shirt.
Warner said police were keen to hear from anyone, no matter how small the detail may seem.
"It is important to report suspicious behaviour immediately as it is better to prevent crime from happening and as with any crime, the sooner police are informed, the better chance we have of apprehending the offenders and being able to hold the offenders accountable," Warner said.