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Man Arraigned On Charges Connected To Alleged Queens Sex Assaults

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A homeless man with a long list of prior arrests was arraigned Wednesday on charges connected to the alleged sexual assaults of two 7-year-old girls just hours apart in South Ozone Park last Wednesday.

The Queens District Attorney says Lee Samuel, 25, attacked the two girls just hours apart in South Ozone Park last Wednesday.

Sources say he has been arrested 17 times before, twice for sexual offenses.

They say a tipster recognized him from surveillance video and called Crime Stoppers.

Samuel was arrested at a friend's home in Manhattan.

People who spoke with NY1 in South Ozone Park were relieved to hear about the arrest.

"Thanks God. I have a 6-year-old little girl. So thank God they caught him," said one resident.

"I have a daughter, 10 years old and I was very much happy," said another resident.

"We all as a neighborhood and as a community we feel great, that he's been apprehended, and God willing, it's him," said a third resident.

Samuel is charged with sex abuse, forcible touching and child endangerment.

He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

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