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Molestation charge stems from mall incident

BUFORD -- Gwinnett police have lodged felony child molestation charges against an Atlanta man they say used a mirror to peek up the skirt of an underage girl at the Mall of Georgia.

Police said loss prevention officers at Nordstrom watched Bruce David Comstock, 27, position a make-up compact mirror for a vantage point up the 15-year-old shopper's clothing about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

A responding officer interviewed Comstock and found the mirror in his possession, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli.

Police also spoke with the alleged victim and her mother, who "perceived that they were being followed by this person," Schiralli said.

Police arrested Comstock on child molestation and eavesdropping charges. He posted $5,350 bond and was released from the Gwinnett County Jail later Saturday.

Jail records show the suspect is married and employed at a big-box retailer.

Schiralli said child molestation charges are warranted, given the girl's age. He cited the Georgia statute which labels child molestation "any immoral or indecent act" in the presence of a child younger than age 16, done to sexually arouse the victim or the perpetrator.