LEWES, Del.- Delaware State Police have arrested a 72-year-old Lewes man accused of making sexual advances on a 12-year-old girl.
Harry T. Brooke is charged with two counts of sexual solicitation of a child under 18 and offensive touching.
Police said Brooke's arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred Thursday morning, May 30, when the 12-year-old victim was in front of her grandmother's home on Whitehaven Way in Lewes attempting to fix a fishing pole with her mother and grandmother.
According to investigators, Brooke informed the child he could fix the item at his home. Police said the 12-year-old went to Brooke's home, which is also located on Whitehaven Way, and entered his garage whereupon fixing the fishing pole, he allegedly grabbed the top of the victim's shirt and asked to look at her breasts. Authorities said the victim was able to pull away from Brooke, who again asked if he could look at her breasts, and then went back to her grandmother's house to inform them of the incident and report it to the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center (9-1-1).
An investigation ensued by State Police detectives and Brooke responded to Troop 4 on Friday, May 31, where he was booked on the aforementioned charges He was ordered held in default of $21,000 secured bond
Detectives are asking if anyone has had any similar incidents with Brooke to contact Detective King at (302) 856-5850, ext. 208 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."
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