A MOTHER was sexually assaulted in her home after she replied to an online job advertisement for a cleaner.
The woman, who lives in Dublin, answered an advertisement on a well-established website and made contact with a man, who arranged to call to her home on Holy Thursday morning.
The man arrived at the house in west Tallaght at 11am and after speaking briefly with the woman he attacked her and sexually assaulted her.
The mother of one resisted and the attacker fled.
Gardai were alerted and the victim was taken to the sexual assault treatment unit at the Rotunda Hospital.
She is currently recovering from her ordeal.
Last night gardai warned women responding to job advertisements to arrange to meet prospective employers in a public place such as a restaurant or hotel lobby rather than invite them into their homes.
Officers said they had checked files with garda stations around the capital and had found no record of similar attacks elsewhere but they advised women to be very vigilant.
Supt Peter Duff, of Tallaght garda station, said: "If people are in doubt about someone on their doorstep, don't let them in and call the gardai.
"This is a very serious sexual assault that took place at about 11am. We are going through CCTV footage in the area, have taken statements from neighbours and examined the scene."
The traumatised victim said she could not enter her sitting room or sleep at night without seeing her attacker's face.
"He arrived at the house and asked if I was alone", she said.
"I said my parents were babysitting.
"After a while I realised there was no job and I stood up and asked him to leave.
"That's when he attacked me and it lasted for about 15 minutes.
"You would never in a million years think he could do something like this.
"He spoke with a Dublin 4 accent, was in his late 30s, real skinny, pale and had a shaved head.
"A neighbour saw him walking back to his car and said he appeared to be very calm and in no rush", the victim added.
South Dublin county council mayor Cathal King said he hoped the woman would recover from her attack.
He said: "The full rigour of the law should be brought down on him when he is caught.
"I'd urge people to be vigilant as this guy is still out there".
Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to contact Tallaght garda station at 01 6666000 or phone the confidential line, 1800 666111.