A 43-year-old man has been accused of exposing himself to two girls, ages 5 and 7, and then forcing the 5-year-old victim to touch him in a Glen Cove supermarket, authorities said.
Nassau County police arrested Edward Ramirez on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Police said the Glen Cove man, who was a stock clerk at the Stop & Shop on Forest Avenue where the incident occurred, when he allegedly flashed the 7-year-old victim while looking directly at her at 7 p.m. Monday.
The girl then ran to her mother, who was in an adjacent aisle, to tell her what happened. Ramirez then allegedly exposed himself to the 5-year-old girl and forced her to touch him before she too then ran to find her mother, police said.
A joint investigation by Nassau and Glen Cove city police resulted in the arrest Ramirez a day later.
He will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.
Special Victims Squad detectives ask anyone who feels that their child may have been a victim of Ramirez to call them at 516-573-4022 or the Glen Cove Police Department at 516-676-1000.