Seventeen-year-old Massachusetts teen Cameron Cook trusted his instincts when he spotted a man with a “demonic look” on his face eyeing a young girl in Target over the weekend, grabbing himself and bumping into the scared child, whose mother had gone into the bathroom.

Cook thought something was up and wanted to confront it head on, despite his mom telling him to “keep walking.”

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“I seen the guy grabbing himself, and my mom goes, ‘Cam let’s go, keep walking,’ I was like, no, something’s going on,” he told CBS Boston about what he saw.

Cook’s mother Heather said that she could smell the liquor coming from the man’s mouth.

Cameron Cook said that the last straw was seeing the man bump into the child and frightening her.

“So I went up to him, I was like, ‘Excuse me sir, do you know her?’ And then the first thing he said was, ‘I’m not a pervert, I’m not a pervert.’ I was like, ‘I didn’t ask you that, sir,’” he said.

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Scary stuff, to be sure, but Cook was not afraid, his mother said.

“He was big, and Cameron had no fear at all,” she said. “He just stood firm on the fact that he knew what this man was doing was wrong.”

The teen told the man to leave Target. He said the man denied any wrongdoing and cursed his way out the door.

Even more frightening is that surveillance video that was turned over to authorities showed the man getting into a car that was waiting outside.

If Cook didn’t step in when he did, who knows what might have happened.

“I’m very proud of him, but it’s totally within his character,” his mother said. “He’s not afraid to do what’s right.”

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