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Man charged with second molestation

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 17-year-old man who allegedly molested a girl in a ballpark bathroom has been charged this week with a second offense at a Wal-Mart store in Suwanee.

Michael Bain of Lawrenceville will have a probable cause hearing at 8:30 a.m. today in Gwinnett County Magistrate Court on charges of felony child molestation and false imprisonment.

Police believe Bain walked up to an 8-year-old girl who was temporarily away from her mother on Jan. 29 at Wal-Mart on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Satellite Boulevard. He reportedly lifted the child's skirt and made sexually suggestive comments to her, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

When Bain touched the girl's bottom, she ran away, Moloney said. There was no evidence of any penetration. The girl's mother noticed she was acting strangely as they were walking out of the store, and that's when the victim told her mother about the encounter.

Bain's other charges stem from a Feb. 3 incident in Collins Hill Park.

A 7-year-old girl was in the baseball area with her family when she told her father she was going to the bathroom. She returned a short time later saying she had been molested.

Police issued a composite sketch of the suspect which led to Bain's arrest last week.

Several people in the Suwanee area saw media coverage of Bain's arrest and approached police about investigating him as a possible suspect in the Suwanee Wal-Mart incident, Moloney said.

The Gwinnett County Police Department Special Victims Unit took over the investigation at the request of the Suwanee Police Department after investigators discovered the two incidents were likely connected.