Man Accused of Groping Girl, 10, at Port Authority

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    Officials released this photo of Willie Hanford, who was arrested for groping a 10-year-old.

    A homeless man is accused of groping a 10-year-old girl at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

    Port Authority Police say 44-year-old Willie Hanford grabbed the girl's left buttock as she walked onto an escalator with her mother and sister around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

    Police say the girl screamed, leading her mother to follow the suspect until nearby officers cornered him in a Duane Reade drug store within the bus terminal.
     
    Police say the groping happened shortly after Hanford stole a purse out of a woman's pocketbook on a nearby street corner.
     
    Hanford is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.
     
    Information on his lawyer wasn't immediately available.

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