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Newtown Man Arrested After Asking 13-Year-Old Bethel Girl To Get In His Car

Ronald J. Lee Jr., 42, of 15 Dodgington Road in Newtown, was arrested after trying to persuade a 13-year-old girl to get into his car last month, police said.
Ronald J. Lee Jr., 42, of 15 Dodgington Road in Newtown, was arrested after trying to persuade a 13-year-old girl to get into his car last month, police said. Photo Credit: Bethel Police Department

BETHEL, Conn. -- An alert 13-year-old girl from Bethel took down the license plate number of a 42-year-old Newtown man who twice drove up to her seeking directions and then asking the second time if she wanted to get into his vehicle to show him where the movie theater was located, police said.

Ronald J. Lee Jr., of 15 Dodgington Road, Newtown, told Bethel officers that he had found the girl attractive and wanted to date her, police said. He told officers that he thought she was 15 to 17 years old and would have tried to kiss her if she had gone to a movie with him, police said.

The incident began Aug. 14 as the 13-year-old girl was walking on Greenwood Avenue in Bethel, police said. A man approached her in a vehicle, asked her for directions to a local coffee shop and then drove away, police said. He returned and asked her for directions to the cinema and asked whether she could get into his vehicle to show him where it was located, police said.

The girl refused and reported the incident to her parents, police said. The parents reported it to to police.

At the time, Bethel Police said there was no clear indication a crime had been committed and the investigation continued.

The next day, the teen saw the same vehicle in downtown Bethel and took down the license plate number and gave the information to police.

Officers went to Lee’s home and interviewed him, where he admitted to asking for directions, police said. At a subsequent interview at Bethel Police headquarters, he made the admissions that he found the girl attractive and would have kissed her, police said.

Officers reviewed the information and subsequently asked for and received an arrest warrant for Lee on Tuesday, police said.

Lee was charged with risk of injury/impairing the morals of a child and was released on $1,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court on Sept. 23.

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