Newtown man approached 13-year-old several times, admitted to wanting to date her

Ronald Lee Jr. (Bethel police photo)

A man faces charges for repeatedly approaching a 13-year-old girl in Bethel, asking her for directions and admitting that he was interested in dating her.

Police said 42-year-old Ronald Lee Jr., of Newtown, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday.

They said on Aug. 14, a Bethel resident reported that their 13-year-old daughter was approached by a suspicious man.

The girl said that while walking on Greenwood Avenue, a vehicle had pulled up to her and the man behind the wheel asked her for directions to a local coffee shop.

He then drove away.

Moments later, he returned. This time, he asked her for directions to a cinema.

After giving directions, the girl reported that the man asked her if she would come with him to show him where the theater was.

The girl declined and went home to tell her parents, according to police. She said the encounter frightened her.

At that point, however, police said there was no indication that a crime had been committed.

The next day, the girl said she saw the same vehicle in downtown Bethel and obtained a license plate number.

Officers said they interviewed Lee at his home in Newtown. He admitted to making contact with the teen.

He said he found the girl attractive and was interested in dating her. He thought her age was between 15 and 17 years old.

Police said he also admitted that he would have asked her to see a movie and would have tried to kiss her if she agreed.

Lee was charged with risk of injury to a minor and impairing the morals of a child.

He was released on a $1,000 bond and scheduled to face a judge on Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.

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