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Man accused of following young girls to school

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Khamphat Phetchampa is accused of following a couple of young girls to school in New Haven. (New Haven police) Khamphat Phetchampa is accused of following a couple of young girls to school in New Haven. (New Haven police)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Police in New Haven said they arrested a man who reportedly followed a couple of girls to school and tried to speak with them.

They said Khamphat Phetchampa, 39, of New Haven, after they said he followed the 10- and 12-year-old girls to the front steps of the Ross Woodward School on Barnes Avenue.

The incident happened on Thursday morning.

The girls told school officials as soon as they arrived at school.

Police said the man's motives for repeatedly trying to speak with the girls is "the subject of the department's ongoing investigation."

Phetchampa was charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

"I don't think it's acceptable, I'm glad he got caught though," said Elgin Weston, of New Haven.

Police stressed that there was no abduction or an attempt at an abduction.

The girls were not hurt.

According to judicial court records, Phetchampa has a lengthy record with convictions for operating a motor vehicle under the influence, and while under suspension, reckless endangerment, failure to appear, possession of a hallucinogen.

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