CLEARWATER — A 17-year-old girl walking to her school bus stop this morning was grabbed from behind, dragged out of public view and sexually assaulted in an unincorporated area near Clearwater, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
The assault occurred between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. The girl made her way back home and told her family, who called authorities.
Her attacker is described as a black male, 25 to 30 years old, with a medium build and wearing a black sweatshirt.
The incident occurred on Whitney Drive near its intersection with Whitney Road. That location is just east of U.S. 19 between Belleair Road and East Bay Drive.
The girl was taken to a hospital for medical treatment, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's Crimes Against Children Unit is investigating.
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