A Clarence Center man was charged over the weekend with inappropriately touching a 17-year-old girl at the Eastern Hills mall.

Thomas Allan, 25, was arrested about noon Saturday, state police said today.

Troopers said Allan was arrested as he tried to run from the crowded Clarence shopping center after the girl and her mother began calling for help.

Allan is accused of groping the girl as she stood near a kiosk in the mall. He faces further court proceedings on forcible touching charges.