MEXICO — A man convicted in 2017 for groping multiple women at retail stores in the city of Oswego vowed it would “never happen again” at his sentencing but is now back in police custody facing charges of sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
Following an investigation by the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, Paul R. Allen, 56, of Mexico was charged Thursday with two counts of second- and third-degree sex abuse, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and three counts of forcible touching.
Sheriff’s officials said they conducted an investigation on a sex offense involving Allen that occured between June 30 and July 3 and involved two separate minors.
Allen was arraigned in Mexico Town Court and remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2,500 cash bail and $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to answer to return to New Haven Town Court on July 18.
The charges come after Allen, who in 2017 pleaded guilty to one count of forcible touching, vowed “it will never happen again” in front of Oswego City Court Judge James Metcalf.
As part of his sentence in 2017, Allen served an intermittent weekend stint of 60 days in the Oswego County Correctional Facility for forcibly touching four victims in public and was also sentenced to six years probation.
In 2017, officials from the Oswego City Police Department followed up on allegations suggesting Allen “forcibly touched” four separate female victims at Walmart and Ollie’s in the city of Oswego over the span of two days in January 2017. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 9, 2017 to one count of forcible touching, in satisfaction of all four counts.
Before Allen’s sentencing, former Assistant District Attorney Courtney Haviland told the court Allen “repeatedly grabbed the private parts” of distracted victims who “had no warning.”
Surveillance video showed Allen repeatedly grabbing the victims.
Allen and his attorney Richard Mitchell Jr. said he understood the seriousness of the crimes and apologized for his actions.
“I truly am sorry for the victims,” Allen said. “I take full responsibility. It will never happen again.”