NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 25-year-old homeless man has been arrested for sexually assaulting young girls in Queens.
Lee Samuel, who has no known address, was charged with having sexual contact with two 7-year-old girls on separate occasions in the South Ozone Park section of Queens, District Attorney Richard Brown announced Tuesday night.
“The defendant is accused of being a sexual predator. Such an allegation makes him a threat to children and a clear and present danger to society in general,” Brown said in a news release. “Such conduct, if proven true, cannot go unpunished.”
On Tuesday night, the suspect was brought out of the NYPD Special Victims Unit in East Harlem to later be transferred to Queens Criminal Court for his arraignment on Wednesday.
Samuel was charged with a first-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child in one complaint, and forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child in another. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison, CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported.
The attacks began last Wednesday when police said a man grabbed a 7-year-old girl on the buttocks while she was in front of her own house playing with her older sister. The girl was tying her shoe on the sidewalk when the man allegedly groped her.
Several hours later the same day and about two miles away, the man allegedly approached the second girl as she jumped a fence to retrieve a basketball.
He allegedly asked the girl if she wanted to play a game. He told her to cover her eyes with her hands and stick out her tongue, and she opened her eyes to see that Samuel had exposed himself, prosecutors said.
He then allegedly grabbed the girl by the waist and engaged in a sexual act with her.