A Flushing man has been charged for forcibly touching two teenagers and a 23-year-old woman just a few blocks from his home and close to a neighborhood high school, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.
Sagheer Rehman, 25, of 64th Avenue in Flushing approached a 16-year-old girl on Main Street near 60th Avenue on Nov. 17 and asked if she would like to see his guitar. At about 1:50 p.m. the two walked to the back of a nearby house when Rehman allegedly squeezed the girl’s buttocks, prosecutors said. The victim pushed Rehman away and screamed for help.
Rehman’s second victim was 15 years old. On Nov. 25 at about 3:50 p.m. he approached her on Main Street and 56th Avenue and allegedly asked her if she attended John Bowne High School, which is a five-minute walk from the victim’s house. He asked for a hug and when the victim said no, he allegedly grabbed her butt. The victim shoved him away and yelled for help.
Just a half hour later Rehman walked up to a 23-year-old woman on Main Street near 58th Road and asked if she attended a nearby high school. He also allegedly asked for a hug. When the victim declined, he grabbed her breast and fondled her. Rehman than reportedly threw her on the lawn of a house on 58th Road and continued to squeeze her breast while rubbing his crotch on her back side.
According to complaints filed with the police, Rehman admitted to authorities that he approached females and asked if they attended John Bowne High School. He also admitted to asking for a hug and said if he touched their butt or breast that it was by accident.
“These are serious allegations,” Brown said. “Teenagers and young women shouldn’t have to worry about a stranger walking up to them and then touching them in an inappropriate way.”
Rehman was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.