Then, as the little car reached its highest point at Martin's
Hollis, 36, of
Sheriff's detectives are trying to determine if Hollis was involved in any other similar incidents -- either at
Police describe the incident as a parent's nightmare.
And they lament that it happened at
"It's a very unfortunate and disturbing incident," Undersheriff
Detectives, so far, have not found evidence of any other children victimized at
"Fortunately, it looks like an isolated incident," the undersheriff said.
Park officials feel terrible about the incident and are taking steps to try to prevent it from happening again,
"We've stepped up awareness among our employees. We've been telling them to watch out for unusual situations," Synor said. "But we've never had an incident like this at
Did park employees make a horrible mistake by allowing two children to get into a roller coaster car with an adult stranger?
Wipperman declined to comment.
Unless a ride operator asks every rider to show identification, it is difficult to know whether people who stand in line together and get onto a ride are related to each other, Synor said.
He said Hollis, on
None of the park's policies or procedures has been changed as a result of the alleged molestation incident, Synor said.
"We do some very thorough training at the start of the season," Synor said. "After this, we are asking employees to watch closely for any out-of-the-ordinary behavior, anything odd."
The fact the alleged molestation took place at the top of a roller coaster hill on one of the park's bigger rides made it harder for the Crazy Mouse operator to stop it, Synor said.
According to police, the victim's parents did not accompany their daughter and her friend on the Crazy Mouse ride. The victim's father was waiting for her to get off the ride around
The girl's father told park officials about it, and park security personnel immediately contacted the
While not blaming the girl's parents, Sheriff
"Please be aware of the area you are visiting, and always make sure to keep your children in sight, know where they are going and arrange that they are not left alone," Howard said in a statement issued last week. "Reinforcing the old rule of 'don't talk to strangers' with your children, and teaching them to shout for help and call 911 if they are threatened by a stranger, can help prevent these incidents."
Hollis left the park after the alleged incident.
Police said Detectives
Little information has been released so far about Hollis, who was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center after his arrest. Hollis has no record of sex-related crimes, and he is not listed on any sex-offender registry, according to
Police said they do not know if Hollis has a job, or if he has worked in the past. He is represented by defense attorney
Anyone with information about Hollis or what happened at
A police officer familiar with the case said he found it especially chilling that the suspect used "Michael Nofear" as his alias and offered a teddy bear to children.
"It's scary. How do you know something like this is going to happen?" the officer said. "It's not like these guys wear big flashing signs saying, 'I'm a child molester.'"
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