Deputies: Registered sex offender accused of exposing himself and touching girls
BEAVERTON, Ore. – Washington County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a man Tuesday evening who’s accused of exposing his penis inside local Dollar Tree stores and touching girls.
Investigators say 44-year-old Samuel Burris, a registered sex offender, showed his penis to a 6-year-old girl at the Dollar Tree on Northwest Cornell Road in Cedar Mill on Sept. 6.
Then, a similar incident happened again on Oct. 11. Deputies responded to the Dollar Tree on Southwest Farmington Road in Aloha for a report that a man inside the store exposed his penis to 6 and 7-year-old girls and sexually touched them.
In that case, a woman was shopping for a birthday party with her two, young daughters when they rushed over saying that a man had inappropriately touched them.
"I was able to take a picture of the man, because I was afraid to confront him," Genesis Rangel, the girls' mother said through a translator. "They were very scared. The older one was more scared because she was the one who saw the most because he touched himself in front of her."
Rangel says that Burris didn't seemed bothered when she snapped the photos. She felt she needed to get evidence for police since "it's really hard to find a person with just a sketch."
The Dollar Tree cooperated with investigators.
A member of the Washington County Sheriff's Office, who works with registering sex offenders identified the suspect as Burris, a Beaverton resident.
They say Burris is required to register as a sex offender due to a prior conviction in Washington. That conviction stems from a 2014 case where he filmed himself having sex with his girlfriend without her knowledge of the recording.
In the fall of 2015 Burris failed to register as a sex offender in Clark County.
He has no connection to Dollar Tree.
Burris was arrested on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, three counts of public indecency and one count of resisting arrest.
His bail was set at $250,000.
Investigators say there could be other victims given Burris' history and the near identical circumstances surrounding the two crimes he's been charged with.
Anyone with information should contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2500.