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Man accused of groping girl, 10, at NY bus station

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NEW YORK (AP) — A homeless man with a lengthy criminal record is accused of groping a 10-year-old girl at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near New York's Times Square.

Port Authority Police say 44-year-old Willie Hanford grabbed the girl's left buttock as she walked onto an escalator with her mother and sister around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Police say the girl screamed, leading her mother to follow the man until officers cornered him in a drug store within the bustling terminal.

Police say Hanford groped the girl after stealing a purse on a nearby street corner.

He's charged with sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Police say he has 78 criminal convictions and three pending cases.

Information on his lawyer wasn't immediately available.

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