A homeless man was arrested on Tuesday evening and charged for the sexual assault of two young girls, in two separate incidents, in the family-filled neighborhood of South Ozone Park, Queens according to reports.
NBC 4 New York reported that Lee Samuel, 25, admitted to police that he attacked the 7-years-old girls, on the afternoon of May 1. He allegedly touched the first girl on her buttocks and later that same day, about two miles away, he exposed himself to the other girl.
Samuel appeared in Queens Criminal court on Wednesday and pled guilty to first-degree criminal sexual act, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child. He was not granted bail.
The neighborhood was on high alert when the news spread that someone had reportedly assaulted two little girls. Crimestoppers even announced that they would pay $12,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of the crime. Police also released three videos of the suspect to help the public ID him.
According to news reports, Samuel has a history of at least 15 prior arrests — two of which were sexual offenses.
Samuel is due back in court on May 20 and faces up to 25 years in jail if convicted.
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