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Christopher Elgut touched girl, 8, at Huntington Public Library, cops say

Christopher Elgut, of Huntington, is led out

Christopher Elgut, of Huntington, is led out of the Fifth Precinct in Patchogue for arraignment on Monday, Jan. 4, 2015. Elgut is charged with inappropriately touching an 8-year-old girl in the Huntington library yesterday. Photo Credit: James Carbone

A Huntington man was arrested on charges of inappropriately touching an 8-year-old girl at the Huntington Public Library on Sunday afternoon, Suffolk police said.

Christopher Elgut, 28, was taken into custody after he approached the girl at about 4:30 p.m. as she stood with her mother by the library’s front counter, police said.

Elgut picked up the girl and “inappropriately touched her” behind a column where he had placed her, police said.

The girl screamed and Elgut ran away, police said. Police said officers found Elgut nearby 20 minutes later after broadcasting a description of him to the public.

Elgut was charged with first-degree sex abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal possession of marijuana. He is to be held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.

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