ALBANY, N.Y. - State Police have arrested a man for allegedly inappropriately touching a kindergarten student in the restroom of the New York State Museum Tuesday.
Police say the 6-year-old male student of the Cambridge Elementary School was attending a field trip at the museum Tuesday. Around 11:30 a.m., the student was in a stall of the men's bathroom at the museum while his mother waited in the hallway immediately outside the restroom.
It was while the boy was in the restroom that police say 22-year-old Edward Tubbs Jr, of 361 Manning Blvd in Albany, subjected the student to sexual contact. Tubbs immediately fled the area, police say, but was apprehended by Troopers on the Empire State Plaza moments later.
Tubbs has been charged with first-degree Sexual Abuse and Endangering the Welfare of a Child and remanded to the Albany County Jail on $25,000 bail.
The child was not physically harmed during the incident and the State Police have been in contact with the Cambridge School District regarding this matter.
Dennis Tompkins, spokesperson for the NYS Education Department, released the following statement: "The State Museum should be a safe haven for all New Yorkers - especially young students -- to learn and enjoy without fear. Today, one sick individual tried to attack a young student who was trying to do just that. Thankfully, museum security cooperated with the state police and this individual was apprehended quickly. We'll continue to work with the state police to make sure this individual is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."