Foot touching suspect has served time in prison | Crime
A man sounds off after being arrested and charged with fondling the foot of a child at the Penfield Library Tuesday.
News10NBC is learning more about 49-year-old Anthony Perri. He is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse after Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies say he was seen licking the feet of a child inside the Penfield Library around noon Tuesday. This is not Perri’s first run in with the law.
Perri is no stranger to the court system. He has served two different sentences in prison. At one time, he spent 16 years behind bars. The charges range from robbery to attempted murder.
Perri was very vocal after his Town of Penfield Court appearance Tuesday. According to court paperwork, just after noon at the Penfield Library, Perri removed the shoes of two children and fondled the kids’ feet, putting them against his nose and mouth.
Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said, “It does appear these children were just in an area looking at books and it appears he just approached them being in the library as well.”
According to the paperwork, the mother of the children went up to Perri and asked, “May I help you?” An employee at the library noticed the behavior and called 911. The paperwork also says that Perri admitted the whole thing, but outside of court, he maintained his innocence.
Perri said, “I'm being set up by the city and federal government. Listen I am being set up by President Barack Obama.”
According to the New York State Department of Corrections, in 1982, Perri served two years for assault. The charge was a plea Perri took after being charged with attempted murder of a police officer in New York City.
In 1988, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison for attempted murder and robbery. The Department of Corrections says those charges steam from two years earlier when Perri was tried to rob an ice cream shop in Manhattan.
Doorley says one of the most disturbing things is where Perri is accused of doing this.
Doorley said, “Every parent in our community expects their children to be safe when they bring them to a library, which obviously is not the case. Mr. Perri, we believe, has been in libraries and book stores, safe havens for children, so we really need parents out there to be diligent and be very careful.”
Perri is currently being held without bail in the Monroe County Jail.
The arrest of Perri comes just a week after deputies were looking for a man fondling the feet of children at the Pittsford, Henrietta and Brighton libraries. The sheriff’s office is investigating if that man is Perri. They have to talk to the children involved with those cases to see if they recognize the man they have in custody.