Jack Frissina, 53, of 332 Little Neck Rd., is charged with first-degree sex abuse, which carries a maximum penalty of 7 years in prison. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Suffolk County Court. He is represented by the Legal Aid Society, which does not comment on cases as a matter of policy.
The assault happened the morning of Aug. 23 at the Clearview Babylon Cinemas during a free showing of "Puss in Boots," said Robert Clifford, spokesman for the district attorney's office.
Attendees later told detectives that they noticed Frissina moving around to different parts of the theater, Clifford said. About an hour into the movie, Clifford said Frissina walked up the aisle past the girl and her mother, then came back and touched the girl's genital area.
The mother reacted immediately and alerted theater management, who called the police.
Clifford said Frissina told police he is unemployed and that he had simply reached out with his hand in the movie theater.
Frissina has a prior arrest for seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance after police found him with a crack pipe, Clifford said.