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Dudley alleged sexually assaulted the girl on a southbound 7 Train in Woodside.
By Forum Staff
A Bronx man has been charged with sexual abuse, forcible touching, and other crimes for allegedly exposing his genitals to a 9-year-old girl and then touching her forearm with his exposed penis last month on a southbound 7 Train in Woodside, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Ronald Dudley, 40, was arraigned on a criminal complaint charging him with first- and third-degree sexual abuse, forcible touching, and endangering the welfare of a child. The judge at Dudley’s arraignment set bail at $100,000 and ordered him to return to court on March 15. According to City Department of Correction records, Dudley has not been able to post bail.
According to the charges, on Thursday, Feb. 14, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Dudley boarded a 7 Train at 61st Street and Woodside Avenue. It is further alleged that Dudley stood next to the 9-year-old victim and held onto the same pole as she did as the train pulled out of the station. Moments later, the little girl felt something touching her arm. She looked to see who had touched her and saw that Dudley had exposed his genitals and that he was using his hand to manipulate his exposed penis to touch her and was purposely rubbing himself against her forearm.
Brown said, according to the charges, Dudley allegedly fled the scene shortly after the victim yelled out for her mother, with whom she was traveling. An anonymous tip led police to Dudley after video surveillance was widely circulated in the media.
“The defendant in this case is alleged to have violated this little girl by exposing his genitals and actually touching her with his penis. This was a horrible, disturbing act that no one—let alone an innocent child—should have to endure,” Brown said. “The defendant is a 40-year-old man who is alleged to have traumatized this little girl for his own demented sexual gratification. If the charges are proven true, he deserves to be locked away from society for a long time.”
If convicted, Dudley faces up to seven years in prison.