Gardaí are investigating an assault on a teenage girl that took place in the Johnstown area of Kilkenny around lunchtime today.
It is believed the girl was attacked while out walking when she was approached by the man and assaulted before he left the scene.
The teenage girl was taken to St Luke’s General Hospital Kilkenny and treated for shock and a physical injury.
Gardaí have described the man as a white male in his 40s with an Irish accent.
They continue to carry out enquiries and recover CCTV from the area.
They are appealing for anyone travelling on the R639 between Johnstown and The Gallops (a minor road also known locally as Cullinanes Lane), Ballyspellan between 11am and 12.15pm particularly any person with any video footage (dashcam or other recording device) to contact Gardaí at Kilkenny at 056 7775000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.