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New Law For Amusement Parks After Moms Say Girls Groped By Men

January 14, 2019 - 12:37 pm

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – Last year’s widely reported complaints about girls being groped during a summer field trip to a Long Island water park have led to a new law.  

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is signing legislation requiring amusement parks in the county to immediately call the cops about criminal acts, including sex offenses. 

Last year, the mother of a teenage girl complained five men were escorted out of Splish Splash Water Park and that police weren't immediately called. The men were never arrested. 

She says the men groped and harassed her daughter and three other girls between the ages of 11 and 13. 

“In letting these men go without taking names, Splish Splash has all but guaranteed that this will occur again at their facilities, and they do not care,” the mother said at the time.

On Monday, the mother told WCBS 880's Sophia Hall that she is pleased with the new legislation. 

"This is not an isolated incident that happened with my child," she said. "It's happened before and it's only now that something is put in place where they're going to change it." 

Splish Splash general manager Michael Bengtson says he also approves of the new law.

"Our support has always been for the guest. If a guest comes to us and says a criminal act was committed, we've never been judge and jury. But if the guest also says, 'I don't want the police called,' we've supported that. In this case, with this new legislation, that would change," Bengtson said.