A group of seven men got busted at a California waterpark for allegedly conspiring to molest underage girls in the splash pool on Memorial Day.
Security officers at Golfland Sunsplash Waterpark in Roseville notified police after underage girls complained about being touched by a group of strange men in the wave pool, according to The Sacramento Bee.
"It appears that the individuals worked in a coordinated fashion to get a young victim near them or around them and then they proceeded to inappropriately touch the victim," Roseville Police Spokesman Rob Baquera told KCRA-3 in Sacramento. "The kids involved in this situation reported it to on-site security and on-site security immediately reported it to the police department. That’s how we were able to apprehend these individuals."
All of the men were booked and put in jail on charges of lewd acts with a child under 14 years and conspiracy to commit a crime. They were identified as Lakhveer Gill, 30; Manpreet Dhillon, 26; Balwinder Malhi, 32; Dharampal Singh, 21; Harpreet Talwar, 18; and Gursharanpal Banga, 34.
Police praised the park's security and the girls in the pool for helping to catch the alleged predators.
"These young ladies who were victimized," Baquera told KTXL-40 in Sacramento. "They had a great fast-acting thought to report it to security."
A man named Mark Mckee told KTXL-40 his daughter had a close encounter with the men, and that they gave her "the creeps."
"She said they were moving in closer to her," he told the station. "They were looking at her weird and smiling." McKee said his daughter did the right thing by leaving the pool and telling him about it.
The park released a statement on the arrests to KCRA-3.
"We at Roseville Golfland Sunsplash take allegations of this nature very seriously. We are committed to providing a safe environment for all of our patrons," the park said. "We contacted the authorities immediately and will fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies investigating this matter. We are unable to discuss any details involving any ongoing investigations."
The investigation took a turn on Wednesday, according to KTXL-40, when all the men were released from jail because there wasn't enough evidence to formally charge them.
The Placer County District Attorney's Office asked the court for more time to talk to witnesses and possibly acquire surveillance video from the scene.
The men are due back in court on June 27.
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