A man has been charged with abducting a seven-year-old girl from a Queensland shopping centre and sexually assaulting her in nearby bushland.
Police allege the 26-year-old snatched the girl from a Kmart store at the Westfield North Lakes shopping centre at the weekend.
He's accused of taking the child to nearby bushland where he sexually assaulted her before returning her to the shopping centre.
Detective Superintendent Fleming said he was proud of the dedication and hard work of police in apprehending this person and putting him before the court.
“My thanks also extend to Westfield North Lakes staff for their cooperation and support to police in this investigation,” he said.
“Crimes in circumstances such as this are not common, but it is a timely reminder that a very small number of people could take advantage of an opportunity to harm a child.
"Children should be free to enjoy themselves, but it is important that we maintain appropriate vigilance of them and our surrounds."
The man will face the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.