Sickening feeling: Man suspected of groping 12-year-old girl wanted by police

Groper: Cops are looking for this man, who they say sexually assaulted a young girl inside Washington Park on Sept. 14.

Cops are hunting for a man who allegedly groped a 12-year-old girl in Washington Park during a movie night sponsored by a Park Slope middle school on Sept. 14.

The suspect approached the girl inside the park near Third Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues at 7:45 pm, when he grabbed her backside and fled, police said.

Investigators worked with the executive director of the nearby Old Stone House at 336 3rd St., who provided them with footage of the incident from the historic cottage’s surveillance cameras.

The museum employee, who was at work the night of the alleged assault, told this newspaper that it occurred on a pathway between the park’s lawn and an adjacent playground and concluded quickly. The suspect fled before volunteers from MS 51’s parent teacher association or cops — all of whom were at the event — could respond, she said.

“It was a terrible thing, but the police were here that night, so they were able to respond quickly and the PTA’s volunteers were on top of it,” said Kim Maier.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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