Man accused of groping young girl

April 21, 2008 7:31:49 PM PDT
A 10-year-old girl was allegedly groped by a man on a Borough Park, Brooklyn, street -- and then helped responding police pick out her attacker. The Orthodox Jewish girl was allegedly attacked by a man asking her for directions on 44th Street, near 10th Avenue, at around 8:30 p.m. last night. The child says the man groped several parts of her body and then ran away.

Eyewitness News is told the girl reported the attack to police. She drove around the neighborhood with the officers and spotted the suspect about a block away.

The suspect, 23-year-old Julio Sanchez, who lives nearby, was arrested. Police say he was charged with aggravated sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

He is not believed to be linked to other attacks.

Officials say the girl was taken to Maimonides Medical Center for observation. She was later released. Authorities do not believe she was under adult supervision at the time of the groping.