On October 18, 2012 at approximately 4:30pm police responded to the Spirit Halloween Store located on Highway 35 in Middletown in reference to a report of a male subject groping young girls. Upon arrival Patrolman Christopher Dee and Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia conducted an investigation and determined that the suspect had groped four girls under the age of 12 and one girl who was 13 years of age. The investigation resulted in the arrest of a store employee, Mark Lenahan, age 34, from Clark Avenue in Union Beach, NJ.
Lenahan was charged with four counts of Sexual Assault and one count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact. Police say sexual contact with a person under the age of 13 automatically upgrades the charge to sexual assault. He was held on $250,000 bail set by Judge John Tassini of the Monmouth County Superior Court.
Police request anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have been victimized to please contact Detective Kimberly Best at (732) 706-4165 or Detective Kelly Godley at (732) 615-2066.