Man accused of groping boy at Belmont Park arcade

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SAN DIEGO – A 66-year-old sex offender accused of inappropriately touching a 10-year-old boy at a Belmont Park arcade pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of felony child molest.

Daniel Tauro was ordered held on $2 million bail.

Tauro was arrested on Dec 30, shortly after he allegedly molested the young boy, according to San Diego police.

Deputy District Attorney Amy Colby said Tauro faces more than 100 years to life in prison if convicted.  In court, Colby asked the judge to increase Tauro's bail from $1 to $2 million.

"The defendant is very much considered a risk to the community. He has a criminal history that's very similar to these charged offenses. His criminal history that is charged -- that applies to the actual counts -- goes back to I believe 1993," said Colby.

Tauro is a registered sex offender with a history of sexual crimes involving children.

Tauro will be back in court Jan. 16 for a readiness conference and Jan. 18 for a preliminary hearing.

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