Parent accused of fondling kids on field trip

June 3, 2010 9:19:25 AM PDT
A Connecticut man is accused of groping six 10- and 11-year-old girls while chaperoning a group of children on a field trip to New York City.

The NYPD says 35-year-old Tomas Manzano of Stamford was charged with sexual abuse child, endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest.

Police say when they approached Manzano, he appeared to be intoxicated. Authorities believe Manzano, who was one of the adult chaperones on the trip, mixed alcohol with his antidepressants. They say he resisted arrest and was taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation.

The fifth graders from the Stillmeadow Elementary School in Stamford set off Wednesday morning on a Manhattan adventure. They went to the Central Park Zoo and then on a double decker tour bus ride.

Police sources told Eyewitness News that as the bus pulled up to Times Square theme restaurant Mars 2112, one of the parent chaperones began groping some of the girls.

Manzano is accused of grabbing at least six girls' breasts and genitals and trying to kiss one of them before the principal called 911.

It apparently took eight police officers to restrain him.

Three of his alleged victims were also hospitalized and the other three were being interviewed by police.

Manzano's son, who is in the same fifth grade class as the alleged victims, was one of the children who witnessed the events, investigators said.