A 55-year-old man was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl inside the cockpit arena in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City.

The suspect was identified as George Vargas, 55, married, from Barangay Inayawan.

Girlie (real name withheld), a Grade 5 student, was reportedly selling banana cues inside the cockpit arena on White Road in Inayawan around 5 p.m. last Friday, September 15, when Vargas allegedly took her to the restroom, where he kissed her and touched her private parts, according to Police Corporal Rhea Hortellano of the Women's and Children Protection Desk of Inayawan Police Station 7.

Girlie told her mother and other family members about the incident after it happened, and they used citizens' arrest to apprehend the offender and hand him over to the Inayawan police.

When questioned by SunStar Cebu, the suspect, however, denied the accusation against him.

He said he was only astonished when the victim's uncle attacked there in the cockpit arena. (DVG, TPT)