According to police, Hager is employed at Shaw’s as a deli manager.
Hager must return to court Sept. 6 for a pre-trial hearing.
Police Lt. Robert Pistone said the arrest was made after investigators received several tips from the public about the man’s identity. The tips came after a photo of the man from the store video appeared on The Eagle-Tribune’s website. The photo was taken from the store surveillance video.
Pistone thanked the public for helping police on the case by giving tips about the man’s identity.
The incident leading to the arrest happened on Monday about 1:30 p.m. The girl’s mother told police she became suspicious when a man began following her and her daughter around the grocery store. After a while, the woman thought he was gone, so she continued with her shopping, she said.
A short time later, the woman and her daughter were looking at products in one of the store’s aisles, unaware the man had returned.
Police said the store video showed that while the woman and her daughter were looking at products, Hager started to walk past them and then turned around and walked in the opposite direction, looking to see who was in the aisle. Hager then squatted down next to the girl and reached under her skirt with his cell phone, police said.
The girl’s mother told police that she asked the man if he had touched her daughter, and he responded by saying he was sorry — and then walked off.
Police said the incident was brought to the attention of the store manager by the girl’s mother. The manager said the woman and her daughter went to the service desk to report what happened. The manager said that after speaking with the woman, he told her he would call the police, but the woman responded by saying her daughter was upset and thought that speaking with police would further upset her, according to the police report.