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Man Charged With Groping 9-Year-Old In East Village

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Police announced the arrest Monday of a man who they say groped a 9-year-old girl in the East Village.

Rene Otero, 52, is charged with sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police say he walked up to the girl on April 14 and grabbed her from behind.

Sources tell NY1 Otero claims the girl was playing hide and seek, and that he touched her while giving her directions on where to find one of her friends.

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