A 17-year-old British tourist was released from police custody yesterday afternoon after being ordered to hand over his passport as the Guardia Civil continue with their investigation into the sexual assault of a six-year-old girl from Belfast at a Palmanova hotel in the early hours of Monday morning. The Guardia Civil are keeping a tight veil of secrecy over the case, which has been described as “very delicate,” because of the extremely young age of the victim and the circumstances of the sexual abuse. The sexual attacker is believed to have entered the youngster's room, which she shared with her parents, from the balcony and without waking the parents, the attacker took the six-year-old away to a “dark” area near the hotel swimming pool. On Monday the young girl's father reported the incident to the police and repeated everything his little girl had told him. It appears that the attacker spoke in English and the Guardia Civil strongly suspect that the attacker was one of the hotel guests and, based on information from the father, the Guardia Civil centred their investigations around younger clients. Apparently the attacker was young and white with dark hair and according to the police, the young girl has given a good description to police of her attacker. A medical inspection by doctors and a gynaecologist has confirmed that the girl was sexually abused, but was not raped. The Guardia Civil are keeping the exact location and identity of the hotel where the attack happened under wraps, but the investigators have taken statements from the parents and a number of guests staying at the hotel in the popular family tourist resort in order to determine exactly what happened.

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