A 52-year old man is in custody after investigators say he groped a young girl in the East Village just before 5 p.m. on April 14.
Rene Otero was arrested after police released surveillance pictures taken moments before the 9-year-old girl was assaulted.
Otero is accused of walking up behind the girl and grabbing her buttocks near 10th Street and Avenue D.
No injuries were reported.
Otero is charged with sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.