Bridgeport man arrested for groping students

Harry Rodriguez

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– A 40-year-old man was arrested Monday, after groping several  high school students in Bridgeport.

Police say they received reports of six incidents where a man approached females and improperly touched them before running off.

Harry Rodriguez, who is currently in jail on other charges, was arrested for fourth degree sexual assault, unlawful restraint, risk of injury to a minor and breach of peace. He was charged in two of the six incidents so far.

“This case was a priority and Detectives Heanue and Cintron did an outstanding job in linking Rodriguez to two of the incidents,” said Capt. James Viadero, the head of the detective division. “The suspect showed no signs of stopping. Only when police locked him up did the incidents stop.”

“The most important thing is keeping our kids safe,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “Great work by detectives and SROs did exactly that.”

The initial incident happened on March 27th when a 14-year-old was accosted on East Main Street while she waited for the bus. Video footage showed a grey Buick in the immediate area and a male matching the description the victim gave to police.

When detectives saw a Buick that matched the description they spoke with Rodriguez who stated “”if this is about the kids being touched at the bus stops, there is another gray car just like this one with tinted windows going around the East Side doing stuff like that.”

Police showed photographs of the car to Rodriguez’s wife who confirmed the car was hers and that only other person with the keys was Rodriguez. She also let police search their home where they found a hooded sweatshirt and half-face ski mask described by the victims.

Rodriguez’s bail was set at $250,000 and he has been jailed since April 2nd for violation of parole.

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