Man sentenced for molesting toddler

Jack Frissina was sentenced to six months in

Jack Frissina was sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years probation for grabbing the crotch of a 2-year-old in a movie theater. Photo Credit: Handout

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A West Babylon man was sentenced Wednesday to 6 months in jail and 10 years' probation for fondling a 2-year-old girl in a movie theater.

Jack Frissina, 53, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child for the Aug. 23 incident in Babylon. He has been in jail since the arrest and will be freed soon, authorities said.

Suffolk County Court Judge Barbara Kahn imposed the sentence after Assistant District Attorney John Cortes read a statement written by the girl's mother.

The mother said an innocent morning attending a free showing of "Puss in Boots" "turned into something horrible and disgusting" when Frissina made his "shocking, sudden, random" attack while she sat next to her daughter. Frissina was arrested at the theater.

"I don't tend to think of the world as a scary, bad place filled with scary, bad people," she wrote. "I want him away from my children."

For that reason, she refused an order of protection, which would have revealed her family's name to Frissina. Newsday does not identify victims of sexual abuse.

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Cortes, asserting that Frissina also accosted an 11-year-old boy with special needs in the theater that day, said, "This defendant's sole purpose was to prey on children."

But defense attorney Douglas O'Connor of the Legal Aid Society said Frissina only sat next to the boy.

"Nothing happened," O'Connor said. "If nothing happens, they cannot be considered to be victimized."

Frissina, who was unemployed, had been arrested before on drug charges but was not convicted.

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