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August 8, 2013

Man charged in sex assault on girl, 7

Comes after report he took photo under skirt at market

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The woman said she asked the man if he had touched her daughter, and he responded by saying he was sorry — and then walked off.

Police said the incident was brought to the attention of the store’s manager by the girl’s mother. The manager said the woman and her daughter went to the service desk to report what happened.

The manager said that after speaking with the woman, he told her he would call the police, but the woman responded by saying her daughter was upset and thought that speaking with police would further upset her, according to the police report.

The manager said the woman left her name and phone number with him, and then she and the girl left the store. The manager notified police.

Police contacted the woman and she told them that a man had been following her and her daughter around the store for about 15 minutes and that she first noticed him while they were shopping in the meat and fruit section. The woman told police she eventually lost sight of him, but he reappeared later.

After being notified of the incident, police said they issued an alert to area police departments giving the man’s description and asking them to be on the lookout for him.

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