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Man who allegedly groped three girls in the Bronx arrested

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SOUNDVIEW, Bronx — Police have arrested a man accused of groping at least three girls while they were on the way to school in the Bronx.

Alvin Ortiz, 31, of Randall Avenue, the Bronx, has been arrested and is charged with sex abuse, three counts of forcible touching and three counts of acting in a manner injurious toward a child under the age of 17.

The incidents occurred Wednesday morning between 7 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., police said.

Police say Ortiz approached the victims, ages 11, 13, and 15, as they were walking alone within the vicinity of East 172 Street and Wheeler Avenue, and allegedly grabbed their buttocks. He allegedly asked one of the victims if she wanted to see his genitals before running away.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Police are searching for the man who allegedly groped 3 girls in the Bronx Nov. 8, 2017.