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Redding Man Who Groped Teen At Fairfield Fireworks Sentenced

Harry Metz Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department
Police used this photo to help identify a suspect who inappropriately touched a teen girl at the Fairfield Fourth of July fireworks. Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A Redding man who photobombed and groped a teenage girl at the Fairfield Fourth of July fireworks last summer was granted a suspended sentence on Friday, according to the Connecticut Post.

Harry Metz, 54, was arrested in August and charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. Police said the girl was in the parking lot at Jennings Beach after the fireworks on July 2 and taking a picture of herself when Metz jumped into the photo and then touched her.

Related story: Man charged with groping 14-year-old at Fairfield fireworks

The Connecticut Post reported that Metz was granted a two-year suspended sentence followed by two years probation. He has also been ordered to undergo alcohol treatment and keep away from the girl, the Connecticut Post reported.

Metz was arrested after police released a photo from the incident that was spread around the internet. Tips from the public led investigators to Metz, police said.

Metz has been accused of similar behavior in the past , including at the Ridgefield Playhouse and just minutes before the incident with the 14-year-old.

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