Story By: Madalina Spulber, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: CEN
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This is the moment a suspected paedophile appears to molest a small boy at the entrance to a public swimming pool in full public view.
The incident was filmed by a CCTV camera in Baia Mare in the northern Romanian county of Maramures when the 31-year-old man approached a young boy and asked him to lift up his top.
In the footage, the suspect is seen looking around before approaching a young lad by the balcony.
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As at least two other people look on, the man brazenly engages the boy and shakes his hand.
The 31-year-old man then appears to ask the boy to lift up his top, which the youngster does.
The suspected paedophile then asks the boy to join him on the steps and they sit down together.
The man is seen edging closer and appears to touch the youngster in full view of the two glaring onlookers.
One of the men reacts and seems to say something to the suspect, who quickly gets to his feet and leaves the scene.
According to local media, the boy’s father alerted the police about the incident and the suspect was arrested shortly afterwards.
However, prosecutors want the man to undergo a psychiatric assessment and have reportedly allowed him to go free pending the results.
The investigation is ongoing, but the psychiatric tests have not yet been carried out, according to the latest reports.