Police arrest man accused of touching, sprinkling sugar on girls at church

Police arrest man accused of touching, sprinkling sugar on girls at church

GREENSBURG, Pa. — Authorities have arrested a man accused of having inappropriate contact with several girls at a church in Greensburg, police said.

The inappropriate contact occurred at Christ Church on North Main Street, according to the City of Greensburg Police Department. The girls were between the ages of 6 and 10.

Police said Martin Eseny approached the girls April 22 in the church’s social area after Mass and asked them away to give him money to play the piano.

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When the girls said they didn’t have money, Eseny allegedly began searching them, touching their hips and legs, police said. He then grabbed a packet of sugar and sprinkled it on the girls.

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Eseny told the girls not to say anything about what he did, police said.

When police questioned Eseny, he told them he didn't go to the church and initially denied being there. He said he was across the room drinking coffee and may have thrown sugar, but he was too far to hit the girls.

Police claim more questions led to more confessions.

Eseny is charged with harassment and disorderly conduct.