TV presenter Bianca Stone says she was “inappropriately touched” by a teenage boy who “harassed” her as she was walking to a live filming location this week.
Stone, who reports for the Seven Network’s breakfast program Sunrise, was commuting by foot through the Brisbane’s CBD when she was approached by the teenager early on Monday, she wrote on Twitter.
“Personal post alert: at 4am Monday as I walked to my live location in the Bris(bane) CBD I was approached, harassed and inappropriately touched by a teen,” she said in a post late on Friday evening.
“Tonight the offender was caught. He’s 14 and apologetic. I really hope he learns from this. Thank you Queensland Police – excellent work.”
A Queensland Police spokesperson confirmed to Yahoo News Australia a 14-year-old boy, from Kingston, south of Brisbane, had been arrested and dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.
Colleagues and members of the public expressed their support for the presenter, who is Sunrise’s Queensland correspondent, in replies to her Twitter post.
“I’m sorry to hear this, Bianca,” Matt Tinney, the program’s Perth correspondent, wrote.
A fellow Brisbane reporter said: “This is great news. You don’t deserve that. No one deserves that. I’m glad he’ll be dealt with.”
Personal post alert: at 4am Monday as I walked to my live location in the Bris CBD I was approached, harassed and inappropriately touched by a teen. Tonight the offender was caught. He’s 14 and apologetic. I really hope he learns from this. Thank you @QldPolice -excellent work.🙏🏼— Bianca Stone (@Bianca_Stone) February 28, 2020
Stone assured her followers she did not require sympathy and she would be more aware of her surroundings in future.
“I was 50m from my cammo (cameraman)... I could see him but he couldn’t hear me. I’ve never been worried before but I’ll be more aware now... it wasn’t what I needed ahead of the Dreamworld Inquest, but no sympathy needed. I’m fine and there’s no resentment,” the reporter wrote in a reply to her post.
“I am glad that you are ok. Women should never put up this,” one person wrote.
Stone also said she hoped the “young fella got a fright from police” and would change his ways as a result.
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