Jack Frissina, 53, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. He is accused of touching the girl, who was sitting with her mother, on Aug. 23 during a free showing of "Puss in Boots."
Assistant District Attorney John Cortes said that before Frissina touched this girl, he sat next to several other children in the theater, including an 11-year-old boy with special needs whose mother had briefly stepped out of the theater to help her other child in the bathroom. "It appears that this defendant made a concerted effort to have sexual contact with as many children as possible," Cortes said.
Frissina finally walked past the 2-year-old girl, toward the screen, turned around and felt the girl's genitals over her clothes, Cortes said. The mother screamed and alerted theater management, and Frissina went and sat among some kids from a day camp, Cortes said.
Defense attorney Lani Houston of the Legal Aid Society said her client "does vehemently deny these allegations." She said that although he has numerous arrests dating to 1983, he's never been convicted of anything.
Suffolk County Court Judge Barbara Kahn said, however, that he failed to appear in court twice, requiring arrest warrants to be issued. She ordered him held on bail of $20,000 cash or $75,000 bond. Frissina is due back in court on Sept. 18.