A MAN has been charged with sexual assault after a woman was attacked in the street.

Sussex Police received a report of a woman being approached by a man in Strood Road, St Leonards, at about 7pm on July 11 last year.

The man spoke to the woman for a short time before sexually assaulting her.

The victim sought help from other people in the street and, as she did this, her attacker fled the scene.

The assault happened near Alexandra Park.

Sussex Police launched an investigation into the incident and say officers “conducted extensive enquiries”.

A man was arrested in connection with the attack on Thursday.

On Friday, Edhuard Gheorghe Olteanu was charged with two counts of sexual assault.

The 34-year-old, who is a car valeter of Pelham Crescent in Hastings, also faces charges of attempted rape and false imprisonment.