Man accused of taking photos of girl

Richard Stacel

July 13, 2012 2:38:33 PM PDT
A Massapequa man is under arrest, accused of taking photos of a little girl at an ice cream store on Thursday night.

According to detectives, an off-duty Nassau County Police Officer was at Mad Topper ice cream store on Hicksville Road in North Massapequa when he witnessed Richard Stacel, 44, taking photos of an 8 year old girl with his cell phone without the girl's knowledge.

When Stacel walked outside, the officer approached him and identified himself. A struggle ensued and the defendant broke the phone and memory card for the phone.

Seeing what was happening, the store owner called 911.

Stacel went to his car and sat in the driver's seat, but the officer was able to stand blocking the open door preventing him from leaving the scene.

The suspect allegedly tried to reach for a stun gun inside the vehicle, but other officers arrived on the scene and placed Stacel under arrest.

No injuries were reported.

Stacel is charged with possession of a dangerous weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.

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