Santa Barbara man accused of touching 10-year-old at Chuck E. Cheese

VENTURA, Calif. - A Santa Barbara man was arrested Saturday evening after police say he touched a 10-year-old girl in a lewd manner at Chuck E. Cheese in Ventura.

Police responded to the restaurant at 4714 Telephone Road just before 8 p.m.

A mother told police that her 10-year-old daughter had been touched by a man while they were standing together inside the business. The man walked by the girl, touched her in a lewd manner and then walked off.

The girl did not initially mention the incident to her mother until the man returned and touched her again.

The girl told her mother what had happened and the mother confronted the man.

Police made contact with the suspect and determined that he did in fact touch the young girl inappropriately. 

The man was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail.

He has been identified as Fernando Cucchi Avendano, 45, of Santa Barbara. Avendano faces possible charges for committing lewd acts on a child.

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