Penfield NY, (Patrice Walsh/Angela Hong WHAM-TV) – A man was arrested Tuesday after inappropriately touching children's feet in the Penfield Library, according to police. There were two separate incidents Tuesday afternoon.
Anthony Parri, 49, was arraigned Tuesday night on two felony sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child charges. According to court documents, Parri removed a child's shoe, fondled her foot and pressed it up against his nose and mouth.
Penfield's Library Director Bernadette Brickman says one of the incidents happened in an open area in the children's section of the library. The child's mother and an employee both witnessed the alleged actions and employees called police.
Parri was arrested outside of the library.
Authorities weren't notified of the other incident until a girl told her parent about it during the drive home from the library.
Parri entered court Tuesday shouting that he was set up. After his arraignment, Parri was denied bail.
This case is similar to five others at bookstores and libraries in Pittsford and Brighton. In each of the incidents, the man allegedly approached the girls between the ages of five and ten, and licked the girls' feet.
Police say Parri is not the same man seen in a surveillance photo previously released. Investigators identified that man and later cleared him of any wrongdoing.
Police are now investigating whether Parri is connected to those cases.
Parri has two prior convictions for attempted murder and assault dating back to the early and late 1980's according to court documents.