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British Columbia B.C. transit police recommend charge for man accused of groping seven-year-old girl

The suspect accused of assaulting a seven-year-old girl in New Westminster, B.C., is shown in this recent police handout photo taken from video footage.

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Metro Vancouver Transit Police say a charge of sexual interference has been recommended against a 57-year-old Burnaby man who allegedly groped and made vulgar sexual comments to a seven-year-old girl.

In a news release, Sgt. Clint Hampton says the suspect surrendered late Wednesday, the same day police issued a release asking for the public’s help in identifying a SkyTrain passenger.

Hampton says the man is known to police and has been released on several conditions, including staying away from the girl or her mother, not riding on SkyTrain and abstaining from alcohol.

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The release says the suspect makes his first appearance in provincial court in Vancouver on April 9.

Police say the girl was approached on Feb. 2 after say she and her mother boarded a SkyTrain at the Commercial-Broadway station.

The man was already on the train and allegedly made sexually explicit comments to the child before touching her buttocks.

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