9-year-old girl sexually assaulted in chinatown library

In New York, police are searching for a man they say sexually assaulted a a child inside the Seward Park Public Library on East Broadway in Chinatown two weeks ago, on May 6: Girl, 9, Sexually Assaulted Inside NYC Library.

The 9-year-old Asian girl, who is not being identifed to protect her identity, says she left her mother for a moment to grab a book off a shelf. She knelt down in the aisle to read the book when a man approached her:
"He asked me what color was my underwear," she said. "Then he asked to see my underwear and I didn't let him see it."

Stunned by the stranger's question, the girl did not react. Within seconds she said the man groped her and then forced her to grope him. He stopped she said when he thought someone saw him.

"I ran to my mom. I was crying," she said, "And told her that a stranger was touching me and stuff"

This bold assault happened in the children's section of the library's second floor, which has become a sanctuary for many schoolchildren who go there to study and do homework.

The young girl's mother was on the second floor as well. When her daughter walked away, she assumed it was safe. But after what happened to her daughter, she was shocked to learn that there are no security cameras.

"I'm very upset there are no cameras," said the mother. "Because it is very hard to find this guy."
More here: Child Allegedly Sexually Assaulted In Public Library. Police have released a sketch of the suspect, above. He is described as a white man in his Mid 40's, 5'9" to 6'0" tall, medium build, short salt and pepper hair. He was wearing a black t-shirt, shorts, a grey colored cap. Suspect was also carrying a black bag with a strap.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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