A 6-year-old girl was repeatedly molested by her babysitter’s husband in an apartment in Woodside, according a criminal complaint.
Between 3 and 10 p.m. on March 7, authorities said, 45-year-old James Love molested the 6-year-old at an apartment in the Woodside Houses on 51st Street and Broadway. The complaint alleges that Love touched the girl’s genitals with his hand over her clothes.
On June 2 during the same time, Love repeated this action and then also allegedly rubbed his genitals against the girl’s genitals when their clothes were still on. He also tried to put his hand under her clothing multiple times and exposed himself to the 6-year-old.
According to the criminal complaint, Love also placed the victim’s hand on his genitals. The New York Post reported that Love was a pastor at New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Manhattan. The NYPD and the Queens District Attorney’s office could not confirm this.
Love was charged with two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Love was arranged on June 6 and bail was set at $10,000. Love is expected to return to court on June 17.