Ray Sanchez
Ray Sanchez

A Coram man wanted for flashing a girl at a store in Medford has been apprehended and accused of masturbating in front of two others near a school, Suffolk County police said.

Ray Sanchez, a 31-year-old registered Level 2 sex offender, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, exposure of a person and public lewdness.

Police said Sanchez exposed himself to an 8-year-old while she was shopping with her mother at the Target store on Horseblock Road in Medford on Oct. 10. The mother had taken photos of the suspect that police had released to the media this week.

Then on Oct. 15, two 13-year-old girls reported they made eye-contact with a man they saw masturbating in a vehicle parked in front of Setauket Elementary School on Main Street in East Setauket as they walked by.

Sixth Squad detectives identified the suspect in the both cases as Sanchez, who will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Sanchez became a sex offender after being convicted in Arizona of promoting child pornography.

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Timothy Bolger is the Editor in Chief of the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.