Police in Rochester, New York, have arrested a man in connection with a series of incidents involving children at local libraries.
Police say 49-year-old Anthony Parri is a serial offender who has a fetish for fondling, smelling and licking children’s feet.
Parri denies the charges, claiming instead that he is the victim of a conspiracy that involves state and federal governments, and President Barack Obama.
Proclaiming his innocence: Anthony Parri, accused of sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, say he is being set up
An employee at Penfield Library in Rochester claims to have seen Parri committing one of the offences on Tuesday – telling police that he approached a six-year-old girl, first removing her shoe and then fondling her foot and pressing it up against his nose and mouth.
The female employee told other staff and the police were called. Parri was arrested outside the library.
Investigators did not know about the second incident, which also involved a young girl at the library, until a concerned parent contacted them and said that her daughter had talked about the incident on the way home in the car.
Parri has been charged with two separate counts of sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, and police are now investigating whether he was involved in five similar reported incidents in nearby Brighton and Pittsford.
In each of the five incidents, a man approached girls between the ages of five and ten and licked their feet.
Parri claimed he was innocent of all charges as he arrived and left Penfield Justice Courts on Tuesday.
In a rambling message to waiting reporters, Parri called on all women and children of Rochester to come forward, claiming he had been set up and his case was a federal matter.
Leaving the court, Parri went further, alleging: ‘I am being set up by the president, Barack Obama, and city and federal governments.’
According to ABC -13, police have said Parri is not the same man seen in a previously released surveillance photo in connection with the incidents. Investigators identified that man and have cleared him of any wrongdoing