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Teen Tourist Sexually Assaulted Near San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

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Police at the scene where a teenage tourist was sexually assaulted on the 400 block of North Point Ave. in San Francisco, January, 24, 2012. (CBS)

Police at the scene where a teenage tourist was sexually assaulted on the 400 block of North Point Ave. in San Francisco, January, 24, 2012. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Police have arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a girl in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood early Tuesday morning, according to authorities.

Police received word around 2:30 a.m. that the juvenile girl had gone missing from the group she was with, police Sgt. Daryl Fong said. He said the girl had “voluntarily separated” from the group earlier in the evening.

Officers searched the area and found the missing juvenile in the 400 block of North Point Street around 3:45 a.m., Fong said. She was with the suspect, who was taken into custody on suspicion of assault.

Police identified the suspect as 18-year-old Christopher Dutel from Southern California.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

The girl and the suspect were taken separately to a hospital to be treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Fong said.

Fong did not have information about the group the girl was with or the circumstances of her disappearance.

Dutel has been booked into jail on suspicion of sexual assault and false imprisonment, police said.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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