Man accusedof sexually abusing child
A Niagara Falls man was arrested Thursday and charged with sexually abusing an 8-year-old child at a park.
Deputies say for two weeks prior to the June 22 incident, Barry Holls, a.k.a. Michael Nofear, planned his visit to Grand Island and scoped out parks in the area. Authorities say the abuse happened in public and it is not believed the 36-year-old knew the victim.
Hollis is charged with first degree felony sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
Sheriff Timothy Howard is urging all parents to be aware of their surroundings and to keep their children in sight.
“Know where they are going and arrange that they at not left alone,” he advised. “Reinforcing the old rule of ‘don’t talk to strangers’ with your children and teaching them to shout for help and call 911 if they are threatened by a stranger can help prevent these incidents.”
Hollis is being held in the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.
The sheriff’s office is not releasing further details about the incident due to the age of the victim.
— Channel 4 News
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