A man from Port Washington was arrested by Sixth Squad Detectives Friday at 7:50 pm in Manhasset after two 14-year-old girls told their parents and authorities about an alleged incident of public lewdness.
The minors were seated on a bench on Manhasset Avenue when an unknown man approached them. After he allegedly exposed himself to the juveniles, they immediately left the scene and informed their parents about the disturbing encounter, police said.
Following a thorough investigation, the suspect, identified as Christian Sarmiento, 22, of Port Washington, was apprehended without issue.
The investigation further revealed that Sarmiento was arrested in an alleged incident that involved inappropriately grabbing a 16-year-old girl on July 16 in Great Neck Estates, police said.
Sarmiento is now facing multiple charges, including two counts of public lewdness, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, forcible touching, and sexual abuse, authorities said. He was arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.
Detectives are urging anyone who believes they may have been victims of similar incidents involving Sarmiento to come forward and report the encounters to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS or call 911. All callers will have the option to remain anonymous.