Charge: Ice cream man tried to trade girl treats for strip show

SEATTLE -- A King County ice cream man accused of offering a 12-year-old free treats if she showed him her bare chest now faces sex crime charges.

King County prosecutors contend Harpreet Singh Tiwana made the indecent offer on Sept. 8 at a SeaTac park. Tiwana, 42, is the person licensed to sell ice cream at SeaTac parks.

On the day in question, the girl and a friend were playing at Angle Lake Park, at 19408 International Blvd., when Tiwana offered her ice cream if she would show him her breasts, a King County Sheriff's Office detective told the court.

Speaking with investigators, the girl said she and a friend were returning from the park restroom at 5:30 p.m. when Tiwana told her she looked "sexy."

According to charging papers, she and her friend both claimed Tiwana asked the younger girl to take off her swimsuit top. Both identified Tiwana as the man who made the inappropriate remarks.

Contacted by police days later, Tiwana denied the girls' allegations.

According to charging papers, Tiwana claimed the 12-year-old took ice cream without paying and then returned to him several times asking for more. Recalling the interview, the detective said Tiwana claimed he refused when the girl offered to show him her breasts.

Tiwana has been charged with communication with a minor for immoral purposes, a sex offense. He has not been jailed.