Accused groper to get psych evaluation

Oct. 13, 2011 at 4:18 PM

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A New York man charged with groping a woman earlier this week was ordered held for a psychiatric evaluation Thursday.

Adolfo Martinez, 26, made a brief court appearance in Brooklyn, where he was charged with two misdemeanors, forcible touching and sexual abuse, the New York Daily News said. He is scheduled to appear in Manhattan on Friday to answer a 2007 charge.

Investigators say they have Martinez, a fish market employee, dead to rights in Monday's incident. He allegedly followed a woman home from the subway and pawed her rear end, and police say his actions were captured by security cameras and he admitted the groping when he was arrested Tuesday.

But police do not believe he is behind a string of similar incidents in Brooklyn, saying a number of gropers have probably been at work, the News said.

In the 2007 case, Martinez failed to show up in court after being charged with a sex crime in Chinatown.

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