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Police: man fondled toddler in shopping cart with mother nearby

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Update: Alfrey has been released on bail.  Bail was set at $50,000.  Suspects are required to post just 5-10% of that.


A Fairview Township man followed a toddler and her mom around Walmart and repeatedly assaulted the young girl while her mother had her back turned, according to Newberry Township Police.

Police said Robert R. Alfrey, 69, indecently assaulted the two-year-old as he exited the store and the girl was sitting in a shopping cart. Her mother was several feet away.

"The parent did absolutely nothing wrong," Newberry Township Police Chief John Snyder told the York Dispatch. "Her back was turned for just a brief minute."

Alfrey then allegedly reentered the store, followed the mother and daughter around, and  inappropriately touched the child, again. A nearby patron saw him and verbally confronted him about it. Police say the assault then stopped and Alfrey left.

The York Dispatch reports that the child's mother then followed Alfrey as he "briskly walked" to his car and drove off, and she was able to give officers his license-plate number. Police later located him and took him into custody without incident.

According to police, the entire incident was caught on the store's surveillance cameras.

Alfrey is charged with indecent assault without consent of others, indecent assault of persons less than 13 years of age, corruption of minors, harassment and disorderly conduct. He is being held in York County Prison on $50,000 bail.

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