Police Investigating Child Sex Assault Incidents at Westfarms Mall

Surveillance video caught man exposing himself to young girls Sunday afternoon.

Farmington police are asking for help identifying a man they say sexually assaulted two young girls, possibly more, at Westfarms mall Sunday afternoon.

According to police, the man who looks to be caucasian, between 30 or 40 years old, with dark hair and a goatee, entered Go Calendar and exposed himself to the two girls, one 6 years old, another a few years older around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. He was wearing a teal shirt, red shorts and had a large black bag.

Surveillance video shows the man stalk through the aisles of the store, following a girl about 8 years old who is walking with her mother, then stop. The girl is facing in the man's direction, while the mother — just inches away — looks the other way at items on a shelf. The man undoes his pants and exposes himself to the girl, who then quickly walks away without saying anything to her mother. The man covers himself with a large black bag he is carrying and calmly follows her down another aisle, exposing himself again.

The video shows another girl, 6 years old, riding a scooter through the store. The man meets her in an aisle, looks around to see if anyone's watching, then exposes himself to her, too. She rides away and he again follows her.

The 6-year-old later told her parents, who made the complaint to Farmington police, Lt. Marshall Porter said.

Police are looking for help identifying the man and for any other victims to call 860-675-2483, the department's confidential tip line. To speak with an officer, call 860-675-2400.

Ann C. Jett June 12, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Sadly enough, this does not suprise me. I work at Westfarms and the number of parents I see on a weekly basis who are more occupied with shopping than watching their children is appaling. If you want to shop, leave your kids at home. Even more disturbing is the number of adolescents who roam the mall in groups - girls dressed extremely inappropriately for their age and boys who pants drag on the ground trying to look as intimidating as possible. This is not the first time incidents of exposure, voyeurism and even groping have taken place. It goes without saying, there may be Tiffany's, Louis Vuitton and Nordstroms but it doesn't mean you sound not always be aware of your surroundings and who may be around you.
Ann C. Jett June 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Please excuse the spelling errors above : (
Jane Doe June 12, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Ann--I completely disagree with your comment!! I don't care how girls are dressed, that does NOT give a grown man the right to expose himself to any girl/woman!! Parents should be able to shop with their children whom are are inches away from them without having some sick pervert do this!!! I hope they catch this idiot!!! Sicko!!!
Helen Cruz June 12, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Thats why I wont let my middle school daughter go to the mall without an adult. Its not because I don't trust her, I dont trust the wackos out there.
Ann C. Jett June 12, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Jane Doe you misunderstand my comment. I'm not saying that they way anyone is dressed is "asking for it"; however, I am saying that we do have some misguided female adolescents who need to understand their worth is more than than the sum of their body parts. Unfortunately, in the current situation at the mall, too many parents are not just "shopping" with their children inches away. They're children often are out of their range of vision while they are having make up applied, trying on clothes, etc. It's a sad commentary on our society that we as parents have to be more vigilant to protect our kids from these deviants.
Ann C. Jett June 12, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Helen, I agree. You can't always tell who the dangerous ones are just by looking at them. It goes right to what we were teaching our kids about "stranger danger" when they were preschoolers. It's not the boogey man or the guy in the trench coat. It can be someone who looks like your next door neighbor or brother-in-law. It's very scary.
Bernadette Maheu June 12, 2012 at 01:59 AM
I think "Jane Doe" & "Crusader" misunderstood what Ann is trying to say. The times have changed dramatically and no matter how we think things should be, they are not. Case in point, Massachusetts wants to make it a law that you cannot swear in public. Isn't it sad that that would even have to be a law? People no longer know what is appropriate behavior. Please just watch your children when in public places, you just don't know who else is there...watching them for you.
Cornelius (Neil) Lynch June 12, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Philosophical question: Can one be "sick" and a "pervert" at the same time?


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