SOMERS POINT – An elderly man with previous Megan's Law convictions is in jail after police say he sexually assaulted three juveniles running a lemonade stand.
At about 6 p.m. Thursday, three girls under the age of 14 were operating a lemonade stand across from the police station on New Jersey Avenue when they were approached by 79-year-old Alan Easterby, police said.
“(Easterby) purchased lemonade from the girls. And while drinking the lemonade he began rubbing his breast and crotch areas repeatedly,” Capt. Michael Boyd said. “A neighbor was approaching the area, the male jumped into his truck and sped away.”
Police used descriptions of the man from witnesses and the girls to identify Easterby and track him to his home on the 100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.
"The neighbors and the juveniles gave a good description of him and that he has a belt buckle with the name “Alan” on it. And neighbors in the area knew there was a Megan’s Law offender by that name who lived nearby,” Boyd said. “We also got a partial tag, which matched the blue pick-up truck that (Easterby) was driving.”
According to the New Jersey State Police’s Sex Offender Registry, Easterby was previously jailed in 2002 for “taking inappropriate pictures of two juvenile victims” in Cape May County.
Easterby was also convicted of exposing and touching his genitalia in front of two girls in a separate September 2005 incident on the Ocean City beach. He was released from custody in April 2009, after spending three years behind bars.
Easterby has been classified as a “Tier 2” sex offender, meaning there was a moderate chance that he would commit another offense.
“The proper notifications were made to his parole officer in this manner,” Boyd said.
Lt. Robert Somers and Det. Robert Gray of the Somers Point Police Department investigated the incident.
Easterby was charged with three counts of sexual assault and was transported to the Atlantic County Jail in Mays Landing on $200,000 cash bail set by Judge James Savio, Boyd said. Jail officials said Easterby was still lodged there as of 5:30 p.m. and was also being held on parole violations.