Last week, Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced the indictment of a Glen Cove man who exposed himself to three children at a Glen Cove supermarket in two separate incidents last year.
Edward Ramirez, 43, was arraigned last week on the following grand jury charges: one count of first-degree sexual abuse); three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of first-degree public lewdness.
Acting Supreme Court Justice Terence Murphy continued bail at $60,000 bond or $60,000 cash. Ramirez is due back in court on Aug. 24.
If convicted of the top count, Ramirez faces seven years in prison.
“It is our job to protect those who cannot protect themselves, especially our children,” said Singas, former chief of the Special Victims Bureau.
Both incidents occurred at Stop & Shop on Forest Avenue, Ramirez’ place of employment at the time.
“This defendant is accused of targeting and exposing himself to young girls at a local supermarket on more than one occasion,” said Singas. “We must do everything in our power to keep predators off our streets and away from our kids.”
Singas said that Ramirez allegedly exposed himself to a 7-year-old girl on Nov. 24, 2014 at the supermarket. When the victim ran away, the defendant then allegedly forced a 5-year-old girl to touch him.
After the incident, police notified the public of the incidents and another family came forward with details of Ramirez allegedly exposing himself at the same supermarket to an 8-year-old girl in the summer of 2014.
Ramirez was arrested by the Glen Cove Police Department’s Detective Squad and the Nassau County Police Department’s Special Victims Squad on Dec. 9, 2014.
Ramirez is also charged with second-degree attempted unlawful surveillance for a separate June 24 incident in which he is accused of attempting to record a woman in the restroom of Jack’s Shack restaurant in Glen Head. Ramirez was working a shift at the restaurant at the time of the incident.
Assistant District Attorney Melissa Scannell of Singas’ Special Victims Bureau is prosecuting the case.
Ramirez is represented by Charles Kelton, Esq. and Howard Teichner, Esq.