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NCPD: Man Accused of Inappropriately Grabbing Two Underage Girls at Mineola Street Fair

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Peter Koonanikal of Mineola, 56, is charged with Sexual Abuse, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Forcible Touching.

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Peter Koonanikal, 56.

Photo by: Nassau County Police Department

The Third Squad Detectives report the arrest of a man for Sexual Abuse that occurred in Mineola.
 
According to Detectives, defendant Peter Koonanikal, 56, of Mineola, approached a female juvenile, 14, and grabbed her inappropriately while she was walking at the Mineola Street Fair. The female victim took a picture of the defendant who then walked away. The female juvenile quickly alerted her parent who located Koonanikal and then observed him inappropriately grabbing a 12-year-old female victim. Officers responded and placed the defendant under arrest without further incident.
 
Defendant Peter Koonanikal is charged with Sexual Abuse 1st degree, two (2) counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and two (2) counts of Forcible Touching. He was arraigned on Monday, September 23, 2019 at First District Court, 99 Main Street, Hempstead.
 
Detectives request if anyone believes they may have been a victim of the above defendant, you are requested to contact Third Squad Detectives at (516) 573-6353.
 
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.