“Melrose Man Arrested for Groping Teen Girl Outside Boston Restaurant”

By | July 19, 2023

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A Melrose man has been accused of groping a teenage girl outside a restaurant in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. The incident, which occurred on Monday, has led to the arrest of Francis Mwaura, 31, on charges of indecent assault and battery.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, the victim was sitting outside a restaurant on Centre Street when Mwaura approached her. He sat beside her and made her feel uncomfortable by asking about the food. The girl moved away and informed him that she was a minor, but he proceeded to put his hand between her legs. A witness walking by heard the girl’s scream and reported the incident to the police.

Following the victim’s description and the witness’s account, officers located Mwaura inside the restaurant and took him into custody. He appeared in the Roxbury Boston Municipal Court, where he was ordered held on a $1,000 bail. The victim was taken to Children’s Hospital for evaluation.

District Attorney Kevin Hayden commended the young girl for alerting others about the incident and providing a description of her attacker. He emphasized that everyone has the right to feel safe and secure when going out, especially on a pleasant summer evening.

For those who have experienced sexual assault or need support, resources are available through organizations such as the National Sexual Violence Resources Center and the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-4673. Massachusetts also provides a list of statewide resources for sexual assault survivors.

This unfortunate incident serves as a reminder of the importance of raising awareness about sexual assault and providing support to victims. It is crucial for communities to come together to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals, especially vulnerable groups such as minors..

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