Suspect sexually assaults juvenile in SF library bathroom

Police released this sketch of a suspect in the sexual assault of a 6-year-old boy at the Western Addition San Francisco Public Library. (Courtesy SFPD)

A man allegedly kissed a six-year-old boy on the cheek and touched him inappropriately inside a city library bathroom last week. The boy then told his mother, who confronted the fleeing man and hollered at him, saying she knew what he had done.

The Sept. 27 incident occurred around 1:45 p.m. in the Western Addition San Francisco Public Library at 1550 Scott St.

Afterward the juvenile reportedly told his mother, who was waiting outside the bathroom. The juvenile’s mother yelled for help as the assailant ran from the building, according to police.

“[The mother] said, ‘I know what you did,’ and I guess shouted at him,” said Deputy City Librarian Michael Lambert. Lambert said the man allegedly kissed the boy on the cheek and touched him inappropriately.

“We’re deeply disturbed and dismayed that this incident happened,” Lambert said, adding that The City’s library system will do all it can to help bring this man to justice.

On Friday, The San Francisco Police Department’s Special Victims Unit released a sketch of the man they believe is responsible for the crime. The suspect is described as a white male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds. He is believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s.

Last week’s incident appears to be unprecedented, Lambert said.

“This is the only incident that we have on record of a child being sexually assaulted,” he said.

While the library system has had issues with unruly patrons in the past, Lambert said a new code of conduct and increased enforcement has resulted in fewer incidents.

In the past year, violations of the code of conduct are down 50 percent systemwide, according to Lambert. During that time, serious violations were only five to six percent of all incidents. Serious violations include physical violence, brandishing weapons and sexual misconduct.

If the suspect is caught, said Lambert, he will be banned from city libraries in addition to whatever punishment he receives.

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