New Castle County Police officers arrested Abdul Mannan Sharker on Friday evening on charges of unlawful sexual contact.
The 67-year-old man, who resides on the unit block of 3rd Avenue in Overlook Gardens, allegedly fondled the breast of a 10-year-old girl.
The girl was curious about the garden in his backyard.
At about 5:57 p.m., police responded to a report of a possible sexual assault involving a 10-year-old girl. The grandmother of the victim told police that her granddaughter was playing with friends when she encountered the man tending his garden. The man grabbed the girl by the hand after the children asked about the garden and showed her his backyard, where he hugged her and grabbed her breast.
The victim and her friends ran off and reported the incident to an adult. The man was interviewed by police and later charged with one count of unlawful sexual contact. He was arraigned and committed to Howard Young Prison after failing to post $2,500 secured bail.