LOWELL -- When Lowell police arrived at a city home on Sunday, they found a man and a woman wrestling on the ground after a man at a party there was accused of molesting a 2-year-old girl, according to prosecutors.

Police arrested Salong Ly, 34, of Norwood, charging him with indecent assault and battery of a child under 14 after he was accused of putting his hand under the 2-year-old girl's dress.

In Lowell District Court on Monday, Ly, who is developmentally delayed and lives in a group home, was released on personal recognizance with conditions: remain under house arrest at the group home, wearing a GPS monitoring device, stay away and have no contact with the alleged victim, have no unsupervised contact with anyone under 16, and consume no alcohol or illegal drugs.

Prosecutor Rachel Perlman asked for $2,500 cash bail explaining that a partygoer told police the child was sitting on Ly's lap while Ly had one arm around the girl and the other up her dress. The child allegedly told a doctor who examined the child that Ly's fingers touched her private parts, Perlman said.

But defense attorney Jeannine Mercure asked that Ly,who has been disabled his entire life, be released on personal recognizance. Mercure said her client, who was the only person at the party who wasn't drunk, said any touching of the child was "innocent." Ly indicated he changed the girl's diaper and may have touched her with a wipe.

The child's mother confirmed that Ly "did nothing wrong, nothing inappropriate," Mercure said.


Ly's next court date is June 18 for a pretrial conference.

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