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Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:23 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Pima County Sheriff's Office deputies have arrested a man following a Little League game where witnesses said he yelled at some of the baseball players, attempted to start a fight and had a confrontation with a 16-year-old girl.

At about 11 p.m. July 10, sheriff's deputies responded to fight in progress at Arthur Pack Park.

Police questioned numerous witnesses who said that Richard J. Olivarez II, 45, was arguing, threatening, and verbally abusive to parents and players throughout the game.

Olivarez was arrested on charges of assault, disorderly conduct and threats and intimidation. He declined to comment on the night's events. According to police reports, Olivarez said he never touched anyone and never acted as though he was going to hit anyone.

Reports said Olivarez had been sitting on the sidelines yelling at and criticizing a player on the field during the baseball game. A witness said at one point Olivarez flipped off the player with both hands.

One of the parents said Olivarez became confrontational after she told him to be quiet.

Kevin Baker, a board member with the District 5 Little League, told police that following the game, he walked with Olivarez away from the field with another board member, Bill Leith, after Olivarez started walking toward one of the dugouts while yelling.

Baker told police Olivarez took an aggressive step toward Leith. At that time, Baker put himself between the two and pushed Olivarez against a fence, telling him to calm down and to go home. Baker said Olivarez continued to be argumentative, threatening to beat them up.

"I have been doing this 35 years and this is the first one," Leith said. "You are going to have stuff like this. Sometimes it happens. The situation was handled and the next night we played and had no problems."

Leith said the league's policy is if there is a problem, to simply call the police and let them handle it.

Leith said he was trying to control the situation and have Olivarez calm down and leave the park, all while telling him the police were already on the way.

Police later learned that Olivarez had made multiple visits to the snack bar at the game where a 16-year-old girl was working. According to police reports, during Olivarez's first visit, he leaned in through the window, grabbed her and gave her a kiss on her cheek.

Olivarez then returned to the snack bar about 10 minutes later, according to police reports, and made flirtatious remarks. She told him to go away.

After the baseball game was over, Olivarez approached the girl, who was cleaning up outside of the snack bar. According to police reports, Olivarez came up behind her and put his arms around her.

With his arms around the girl he kissed her on the cheek and then began to massage her back, all the while not letting her go, the report said. The victim said she had to bring her arms up inside of his embrace and physically push him away.

At this point one of her co-workers unlocked the snack bar so the victim could go inside to get away from Olivarez.

According to police reports, Olivarez told deputies he said "hi" to the 16-year-old but never touched or hugged her.

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