A young mother returning home from her morning walk on the Gold Coast has been groped on the bottom by a random stranger.

Jesse Ratu, 24, was unlocking the door to her Southport apartment on Sunday when a man allegedly approached her from behind and grabbed her backside five times.

The man smiled into cameras after performing the ‘disgusting’ assault, which was captured on CCTV footage of the front of the building, Gold Coast Bulletin reports.

‘He said, ‘Sorry, I just had to do it, you have the best arse,’ the mother-of-two said.

The terrified woman said she told the man ‘don’t f***ing touch me’ before running inside and telling her partner, Brendan Wilson, what happened.

The sales assistant said despite Mr Wilson running outside to confront the man, the offender had already fled the area.

Ms Ratu remembered feeling too scared to turn back out of fear she would be picked up and ‘stolen’, and said she now felt too traumatised to walk outside alone.

‘We’ve only been here for six months,’ Ms Ratu said.

‘We’re now thinking about moving. I’ve always lived in Southport but never lived down this end.’

‘I shouldn’t really be worried to walk in my own street, so I probably won’t be doing that anymore,’ Ms Ratu told Nine News.

An image of the man, who is described to be of African descent, about 1.8m with facial hair and short black hair, has been sent out to police in the area.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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