- Associated Press - Friday, August 19, 2016

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) - A man has been sent to jail for six months after pleading guilty to inappropriately tickling two young girls in a play area at a Massachusetts mall.

Prosecutors say 38-year-old Justin Kettell pleaded guilty on Thursday to a pair of assault and battery counts.

The Bourne man was sentenced to 2 ½ years in jail with six months to serve. He was also ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

A woman told police in April that her daughter and her daughter’s friend were being chased around the indoor play area for children ages 3 to 12 at the Kingston Collection mall by a stranger.

Authorities say two parents and a worker unsuccessfully tried to stop him.

Police identified Kettell using a parent’s cellphone pictures.

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