On Wednesday, police officers in Rochester have been asking for the general public’s assist in discovering a 76-year-old metropolis resident who allegedly touched a five-year-old woman at a public playground area.
That man, Paul Patsalis, was arrested inside hours after Capt. Todd Pinkham posted the person’s driver’s license photograph and an image of the kind of car he was seen driving on Fb.
It was shared over 1,400 occasions.
Pinkham mentioned at 3:43 p.m. that Patsalis had been taken into custody.
Earlier within the afternoon, Pinkham mentioned in a cellphone interview that Patsalis had been underneath investigation after police acquired a tip about him possessing inappropriate photographs of kids.
Patsalis was then allegedly seen on Monday speaking to the five-year-old woman at Rochester Commons, which has a playground, bandstand, strolling loop and sports activities discipline.
Pinkham mentioned Patsalis was holding the woman’s stuffed animal whereas touching or rubbing the woman’s again.
Pinkham mentioned it was the woman’s mom who reported the touching incident to the police after confronting Patsalis.
Patsalis left the park in a black 4-Door Volkswagen Passat, in keeping with police.
Pinkham mentioned they deal with quite a few youngster pornography and easy assault instances per 12 months, however determined to place out the Fb submit as a result of Patsalis was performing so openly.
“What elevates it for us was the truth that that this one that is presently underneath investigation was now reportedly touching a minor in a typical park,” Pinkham mentioned.
Patsalis is being charged with possession of kid intercourse abuse photographs and easy assault, that are Class A felony and Class A misdemeanor expenses.
County Lawyer Tom Velardi mentioned on Wednesday afternoon that what occurs subsequent will depend upon what the bail commissioner does and what Patsalis can afford to do.
Velardi mentioned if money bail is ready, a defendant can submit bail or be held if they can’t afford it.
If a non-money bail is ready or if private recognizance is used, a defendant is launched from the custody of police with out having to submit bail.
Velardi mentioned if Patsalis is held on preventative detention, he can be arraigned at Strafford County Superior Courtroom through Webex at 12:30 on Thursday afternoon.
It isn’t but publicly identified the place Patsalis was arrested.
No press launch had but been issued and Rochester Police Division officers had not posted any extra info on Fb or Twitter as of 6:45 p.m.
If you happen to or your youngster is the sufferer of home or sexual assault, there’s assist. HAVEN has places of work in Portsmouth, Epping and Rochester. You may name their 24-hour confidential help line at 1-603-994-SAFE (7233).
Contact Managing Information Editor Kimberley Haas at Kimberley.Haas@townsquaremedia.com.
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