Arlington police arrest man, 21, in alleged indecent assault on 14-year-old

A Medford man has been arrested for an alleged indecent assault an Arlington 14-year-old as she made her way home from school on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Arlington police arrested Patrick Barry, 21, at home on Wednesday after reviewing his probationary GPS log and finding that he matched the description given by the student.

Barry is charged with indecent assault and battery on a child over 14 years of age, police said in a statement. He may face additional charges as well as probation violations.

The victim told police that the attack happened at about 3:30 p.m., according to police spokesman John Guilfoil, when a man came up from behind and inappropriately touched her at Summer and Mill streets.


The youth was not physically injured, and had pushed the man away and called police from home.

Police distributed a sketch of the perpetrator on Tuesday. The attacker was reportedly a white man in his early 20s, with gelled hair and mirrored glasses, according to a description released by police.

Joseph Jackson Jr., the Chief Probation Officer for the Commonwealth, told Arlington police Wednesday morning that a man on probation who was monitored by GPS matched the description of the suspect, police said.

Officers used Barry’s GPS log to place him at the exact location of the assault at that time.

Barry is expected to be arraigned on Friday in Cambridge District Court, and is currently being held at police headquarters.

“The people of Arlington will not tolerate attacks on children, and the Arlington Police department will continue to be extremely aggressive in pursuing anyone who thinks they can get away with assaulting a child,’’ Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said in a statement.

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