A woman was attacked in the middle of the day while she walked with three young children.
The woman reported she had been approached by a man in his 40s and assaulted while she walked in Frederick Road, at the junction of Priory Road, in Hastings.
A 42-year-old man from Hastings was arrested on suspicion of two counts of assault, common assault and actual bodily harm, and released on bail with strict conditions.
Police constable Joshua Fox said: “This incident has occurred in midday hours in front of multiple members of the public who could provide useful information to aid our investigation.
“I would like to thank the members of the public who assisted the victim and are keen to speak with them and other witnesses in relation to the matter.
“You can contact us by using our online reporting service, or by calling 101 quoting reference number 1579 of 26/09.”