A man was placed under arrest after being accused of trying to sexually molest a 12-year-old girl known to him.

According to court documents, the girl told police that Francis William Cruz had sat down next to her and pulled her close before putting his hand on her upper left thigh.

Cruz, 67, allegedly whispered into her ear: "Can I touch you?"

The girl told police that Cruz had almost touched her genital area when she told him, "No!"

He then grabbed her arms to hold her down as she yelled for help, documents state.

The girl said she was able to escape from his grasp.

Cruz allegedly admitted to officers that he had grabbed the child's thigh.

He was charged with attempted second-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony.

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