Clerk arrested for incident with girl |

Clerk arrested for incident with girl

Christina Proctor

A clerk at Tahoe Tom’s was arrested Wednesday for allegedly fondling a 13-year-old girl, whom he gave free chips and candy.

Investigators said that Gurdev Singh, 32, of South Lake Tahoe, would regularly give young girls in the neighborhood free snacks. Around 4 p.m. on Sunday the girl came in and asked Singh for chips. When he gave her a brand she didn’t like, he offered to let her come behind the counter and choose her own. The girl told police that Singh grabbed her and attempted to hug and kiss her. Then he blocked her way when she tried to leave.

The girl escaped with three bags of chips, but returned about an hour later for a candy bar. Singh allegedly approached the girl and pushed her to the back of the store and up against a cooler. The girl told police that while Singh tried to fondle her and kiss her neck she pleaded for him to stop.

A patron coming into the store allowed her to escape, the girl said.

Police said that three of the girl’s friends watching through the window witnessed the incident. Singh was booked into the El Dorado County Jail for a lewd act with a child and for sexual battery.

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