Man accused of groping girls at Aquatica San Diego waterpark

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – A man accused of groping two people was arrested while another man was banned from a waterpark in South Bay last week after reports of inappropriate behavior, authorities confirmed Sunday.

Police said Sunday, they arrested 25-year-old Sergio Santos accused of groping two people and assaulting a security guard at Aquatica San Diego, a waterpark owned by the SeaWorld Parks organization.

Santos was arrested Thursday after he "improperly touched two female victims while they were swimming inside the waterpark," Chula Vista police Lt. John Autolino said. Santos was also accused of assaulting one of the Aquatica waterpark security guards when he tried to run away from the waterpark.

Security officers detained Santos around 5 p.m. and waited for police arrive, according to Autolino. Santos was booked into San Diego County jail, Autoline said.

A woman claiming to be Santos' wife reached out to FOX 5 and said her husband has bailed out of jail and the police exaggerated what happened.

In a separate incident on Thursday, a man was accused of annoying girls in the lazy river area, park officials confirmed.

A mother posted on Facebook about the incident saying the man was in the lazy river near her daughters.

"While floating in the lazy river a man popped up out of nowhere, grabbed my 9 yr old daughters floatie and said 'come with me, let's go have some fun' while attempting to drag her in his direction," the mother said in the social media post. "Both my teenage daughter and her friend where with her and immediately grabbed her other handle to bring her back. He had quite a firm grip on her floatie and was just starring at her and again said 'come on, let's go have some fun'... immediately our 9 yr old slid out of the bottom of the tube and over to her sister and friend to safety."

She also pointed out her family rules while at the waterpark.

"We have a rule, 2 rides then you come and check in with mom. We where there with a large group of about 6 moms and 16 teeneagers/children who all stuck together in large groups for safety," she said.

Security guards found the man and he was banned from the waterpark, according to park officials.

FOX 5 has reached out the Aquatica San Diego and they stated, "The safety of our guests and employees is and will always be our top priority.  We ensure that our security posture is structure to ensure safe and enjoyable visits to our park.  Aquatica officials continue to cooperate fully with the Chula Vista police department in this matter.”

Aquatica San Diego is located at 2052 Entertainment Circle in Chula Vista.

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