HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – Barry Hollis, the man accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl at Martin’s Fantasy Island this summer, is now facing a rape charge for an incident at Hamburg Beach that dates back to the summer of 2013.
News 4 has learned a tip call came to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office this past July about the incident. Hollis, 36, was arrested on Thursday and arraigned Friday morning on charges of second-degree rape, second-degree criminal sex act, and acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17. Deputies impounded his car, which will be processed for evidence at a later date.
Authorities say this case involves a 14-year-old girl. There were allegedly 14,000 text messages sent between Hollis and the victim between August and October of last year.
Hollis allegedly misrepresented himself as a 17-year-old boy. Detectives say after forming a relationship with the girl, they met late last summer, and Hollis raped the teen.
“We did an investigation we were able to determine two sexual assaults happened on two different occasions in the Town of Hamburg. What was said by the victim or other witnesses i can’t get into right now,” said Erie County Undersheriff Mark Wipperman.
The undersheriff says the tipster came forward after Hollis was charged with first degree felony sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child for for allegedly sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl this summer at Martin’s Fantasy Island.
Wipperman said, “If it wasn’t for his mugshot being on TV, we probably would have never known this.”
Deputies say Hollis, a.k.a. Michael Nofear, planned his visit to Grand Island and scoped out parks in the area before the alleged incident took place.
News 4 spoke to the victim’s father, who came forward to let the public know that his daughter was not unattended during this alleged incident, which allegedly took place while Hollis was on the “Crazy Mouse” ride with the 8-year-old girl.
“On the ride, he offered a purple teddy bear to my daughter and her friend. They both said no they did not want it,” the father said. “She said ‘ow,’ because she wanted him to stop. It went on for about a minute-and-a-half, over the whole ride.”
“My daughter kept an eye on [Hollis] from the ride, to where I was sitting and told me immediately there was a pedophile on the ride,” the father said.
Because of this incident, the park is changing how rides are operated.
Hollis was able to leave the park, but was later arrested by deputies with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. After being arraigned in this case, he was released on $2,500 bond.
Now after being arraigned on these new charges and pleading not guilty, Hollis is being held in the Erie County Holding Center on $200,000 bail.
“I don’t have any children. I have three nieces and a nephew and you think about their safety. They go to the same places where these incidents occurred. Again, as a reminder to everyone, aunt, uncle or a parent, to always watch your kids, know where they’re at and who they’re with,” Wipperman said.