Quincy parents on edge amid reports of man approaching teens, offering to pay for sex

QUINCY, MASS. (WHDH) - Some parents in Quincy are on edge as police investigate multiple reports of a man who allegedly approached teenagers and asked to pay them for sex.

One mother, who asked not to be named, said a man drove up to her 13-year-old daughter near a park at the Germantown neighborhood last Saturday while she was with two friends, and offered her money for sex, starting at $50 and going up to $500.

Tina, who doesn’t want her last name used, says her 13 year old daughter and two of her girlfriends were on their way to play basketball in the Germantown neighborhood of Quincy when a man in a car offered them money for sex.

“He proceeded to ask them if they would have sex… he said he would pay them $50, they all said no and started to run, he said ‘How about $500?’ and they said no continued to run,” Tina said. “This is the scariest thing ever. This is my worst fear come true.”

Just a few days after this terrifying encounter, the mother claims it happened again in the same area.

The suspect allegedly approached her daughter in broad daylight and in front of witnesses, including Nicole Palermo.

“We heard the whole thing. You could hear him say the F word,” she recalled, adding that another man intervened. “Then that man was like, ‘What are you doing?! What’s going on?’ and [the suspect] was just gone. Peeled off.”

Police says they have reports of three incidents like this on Jan. 4 and Jan. 9, two in the Germantown neighborhood and one near the YMCA across the from the high school. The suspect has been described as an Asian male in his 20s with acne and a thin mustache.

“All our patrol units are aware of it, currently we have five detectives working on it,” said Quincy Police Sgt. Karyn Barkas. “We take the allegations very seriously.”

Parents say they received a letter from Broad Meadows Middle School Sunday night, urging caution and saying the man has been seen driving several different cars.

“I have little cousins and little nieces that live right over here so we’ve been talking about it all weekend,” Palermo said. “Keep your eye out for this one; be careful, he could be switching cars.”

“It’s so scary,” said parent Michelle Gott. “That’s why I drive my son to school whenever I can.”


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