A 19-year-old man is assisting Queensland Police with their inquiries following investigations into the sexual assault of a 66-year-old woman in Cranbrook this morning.
Police say that just before 6am today, the woman was walking on a pathway next to the river near Victor Street when she was confronted by a man and sexually assaulted.
The woman suffered serious facial injuries and was transported to the Townsville University Hospital for treatment.
Police established a crime scene near the river walkway at Cranbrook.
A 19-year-old man was taken into custody and is currently assisting police with their inquiries.
Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area is being urged to contact police.