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DA: Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting 2-Year-Old In Riverside Park

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A Manhattan man has been indicted on charges that he sexually assaulted a 2-year-old girl in a bathroom at Riverside Park last month.

Jason Carroll, 23, has been charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, prosecutors announced.

According to the Manhattan District Attorney's office, Carroll admitted to sexually assaulting the girl on Sept. 24 at a bathroom in the park near West 74th Street.

DA: Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting 2-Year-Old In Riverside Park

"This attack on a 2-year-old girl in one of New York City's most heavily-trafficked parks was brought to the attention of law enforcement by two good Samaritans," said DA Cyrus Vance. "New Yorkers must protect one another and alert authorities immediately when they see something suspicious, particularly involving a young child."

As WCBS 880's Irene Cornell reported, Carroll told police his sister usually babysat for the child but was not available on that day. The girl's mother asked him to take the little girl to the park instead.

Carroll told police he'd been arrested once before for a similar incident with a child, but that he didn't commit a sexual assault previously.

He has admitted to the sexual assault but has pleaded not guilty, Cornell reported.

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