Police investigating fondling incident at Greenwood Little League game

Police are investigating after a report of a child being fondled inside a Greenwood Little League bathroom last weekend.

Officers were called to the Greenwood Little League, 320 S. Washington St., just before 12 p.m. May 20 after a man reported that his son was fondled by an older man while inside a bathroom. The father told police his son went to the bathroom in the middle of a game, and that he had told him to go on ahead of him, according to a Greenwood Police Department report.

When the father entered the bathroom, he noticed an older man with a child at the urinal. The man did not realize the child was his son at first, the report says.

The father yelled for his son and his son “shakingly” answered him. When he walked over to the urinal and told the man to stop, he said the man allegedly had his hands around his son’s genitals. The man reportedly said he was helping the child because the stall was out of service, according to the report.

The father left the restroom with his son and took care of him while trying to keep an eye on the man. The suspect is described as a man in his 50s to 60s, who was wearing a long-sleeve blue shirt, red hat and Khaki pants, police say.

When the man left the restroom, he walked westbound through the Little League property “nonchalantly” from the concession stands, the father told police.

Police were not able to find the man matching this description after a search of the area. Greenwood Little League does not have cameras in the area and police were not able to obtain any video evidence of the suspect. Police say staff members were given information about the suspect and told to call police if they see him in the area.

The Greenwood Little League is aware of the incident and is cooperating fully with authorities as they investigate it, said Andy Elliott, president of the Greenwood Little League.

“We are working on improving our facilities to ensure the safety of all people present,” Elliott said Tuesday. “At this time, it is premature to talk about any security improvements because nothing has been finalized yet.”

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with any information should call Greenwood police at 317-882-9191.