Case of man accused of fondling 2-year-old going to trial

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A 70-year-old man accused of fondling a 2-year-old girl at Walmart earlier this month will stand trial on five charges against him.

Magisterial District Judge Scott Gross found during a preliminary hearing Wednesday there’s enough evidence against Robert Alfrey to move the case forward.

Police in Newberry Township, York County, says on July 8 Alfrey followed the 2-year-old and her mother around Walmart. Police looked at surveillance video of Alfrey in the produce section and then again near a RedBox movie machine.

Police say he began to leave the store and then came back to the shopping cart where the girl was. When the girl’s mother was looking away, police say the man touched the girl’s leg and and then rubbed her “private parts,” according to charging documents. The girl’s mother as about three feet from the cart, police say.

“I think 25 years ago, maybe 20 years ago, an older individual touches a little girl on her thigh to be playful, to be friendly would certainly be viewed differently than it is today,” said Chris Ferro, Alfrey’s attorney.

Alfrey is charged with five crimes including indecent assault and corruption of minors. He is scheduled for an arraignment September 6. He’s been released on $50,000 bail.