Police: Man offered kids money to expose genitals
A man allegedly offered four children money to show him their underwear and privates when they walked into a convenience store on Friday night.
Suffolk County police said the store clerk at Huntington’s Jericho Convenience on Route 25, 35-year-old Bipinkumar Patel, confronted the four kids when they walked into the store around 7:20 p.m. Patel allegedly asked the two girls and two boys, all between 11 and 14 years old, if they were wearing underwear and when they answered, he allegedly offered money if they would show him the underwear and their genitals.
Police said patrol officers Robert Mahady and Michael Yonelunas from the 2nd Precinct responded to the scene and arrested Patel, a Huntington resident. He was charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Attorney information for Patel was not immediately available and he could not be reached for comment.
Police said the suspect was released and is scheduled to appear in court on July 7.