Man arrested in sexual assault of two children

The suspect allegedly forced a 7-year-old girl to perform a sexual act right outside her South Ozone Park home. (NYPD)
The defendant, seen in this surveillance photo, is accused of engaging in a criminal sexual act with a 7-year-old girl right outside her South Ozone Park home. Credit: NYPD

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man for sexually assaulting two 7-year-old girls in the South Ozone Park section of Queens last week.

Lee Samuel allegedly approached his first victim May 1 while she was tying her shoe on the sidewalk and tapped her on her buttocks, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

A few hours later on the same day, Samuel allegedly approached his second victim in front of her home and asked her if she wanted to play a game. Samuel then told the girl to cover her eyes with her hands and stick out her tongue. When the girl uncovered her eyes, she saw that Samuel had exposed himself. He then grabbed her by the waist and engaged in a sexual act with the child.

Samuel is charged with forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child in the first incident and first-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child in the second incident.

“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. Such conduct, if proven true, cannot go unpunished,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Samuel faces up to 25 years in prison if he is convicted.



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