Stamford Dad Accused of Groping 12-Year-Old: Police

Police say the victim was sleeping in the same room as the suspect's daughter.

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    Stamford Police Department
    Aziz El Hattab, of Stamford, is accused of fondling a 12-year-old girl while she was having a sleepover with his 10-year-old daughter, police said.

    A Stamford dad is facing charges after police say he fondled a 12-year-old girl sleeping alongside his own daughter and son late last month.

    Aziz El Hattab, 42, has been charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and felony risk of injury to a minor. Police said he's a cook at a local pizza restaurant and has a 10-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, who were sleeping in the same room as the victim at the time of the alleged assault.

    He’s accused of sneaking into the room and touching her breasts three times throughout the night. After the third incident, the girl texted her mother, who was staying at a local hotel. El Hattab's children slept through the whole thing, according to police.

    Police said the victim is the daughter of a family friend from Pennsylvania who used to nanny for El Hattab.

    "His own kids were right there, and it's a 12-year-old girl, which the family had trusted that she could stay over there too, so it's pretty disturbing," said Stamford police spokesperson Lt. Diedrich Hohn.

    It's not the first time the victim stayed over at El Hattab's house, according to police, who said El Hattab denies having touched the girl.

    He was arrested after a fight erupted between the two families and police were called to the scene.

    El Hattab was arrested after posting $20,000 bond. Information an attorney was not immediately available.