An incident occurred as a girl walked through the town centre area at approximately 9.30pm on Wednesday 30 November 2011.
The man approached the girl, trying to engage her in conversation and making suggestive comments. When she ignored him, the suspect grabbed her mobile phone before again making an inappropriate request. The girl managed to grab her phone back before running away.
The man is described as Asian, aged in his late 20s or early 30s, 5ft 9in tall with a slim build and broad shoulders. He spoke with an Indian accent.
Detective Sergeant Ed Noble, of Harrogate CID, said:
Harrogate is a family friendly town and it is wholly unacceptable that anyone should be approached and accosted in such a manner.
I need to trace the man so that I can speak to him and prevent this type of behaviour happening again the future.
I would also like to speak to anyone who may have been approached in a similar circumstances and has not yet reported the incident to the police.
Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is asked to contact DC Chris Addison at Harrogate police station on 101. Press option 2 and ask for Chris Addison by name.
or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12110202411.