SLO sex offender arrested for masturbating in front of a stranger

July 20, 2018

Vernon Pete Gray

An unregistered sex offender stalked a woman in a shopping center parking lot on Sunday and masturbated to her while apparently videotaping her on his phone, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department. Officers arrested the man promptly after learning about the incident Thursday morning. [Cal Coast Times]

At about 9:30 a.m., police learned of a report on social media describing what occurred on Sunday. The victim had stated that a tall man with long brown hair was following her and watching her as she put items in her vehicle in the shopping center parking lot at the corner of Madonna and Los Osos Valley roads.

When the woman returned to her vehicle shortly later after visiting another store, the man had parked his vehicle next to hers. The man then pointed his phone in her direction and began masturbating.

The victim immediately left the area. She described the suspect’s vehicle as a white SUV with a crack in the lower right corner of the windshield and a sticker in the right corner of the rear window.

An officer contacted the victim, obtained a statement and worked with detectives to develop leads. Because of the unique description of the man, officers managed to identify Vernon Pete Gray, 35, as a suspect in the case.

Gray, of San Luis Obispo, is known to have failed to register as a sex offender and has prior convictions for similar offenses, according to police.

Police showed the victim a photo lineup of six suspects, and she identified Gray. Additionally, investigators obtained further evidence linking Gray to Sunday’s incident.

At about 1:47 p.m. Thursday, officers located Gray at a job site in SLO and arrested him. Officers booked Gray into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of indecent exposure and violating parole.

Gray’s bail for the indecent exposure charge is set at $20,000. However, he is being held without bail on the parole violation charge, according to police.







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fhill123

Another ”whack” job!!

Stunned

I’m shocked this victim chose to blow up social media rather than protect others by reporting him to the police. Very irresponsible I think and all in pursuit of her ten minutes of fame!

MysticOne

I didn’t know it was ‘blame the victim day’. The guy was arrested and no bail, sounds like a win for everyone. But go ahead and believe she subjected herself to his sexual harassment just for ’10 minutes of fame’. That sounds much more logical, right?

MrYan

With Stunned for a nickname it should be no surprise that you are; shocked!

1. While this is a crime perhaps she did not need to see herself as a victim. Sickened yes, yet strong and empowered. You want to make her weak, and at fault.

2. Did you ever think that in today’s world with Facebook and everything coming with a GPS tag that social media might be the most efficient way to get the word out, and locate him? I am glad you have faith that a pervo police report will get prompt attention from SLO PD. Me? Not so much.

What is irresponsible is Monday morning quarterbacking, complete with judgement and disdain, from a person with limited facts.

One might try some Empathy as a first response, and then stick to comments like; “I am glad she got away from him safely”. Instead you go with; stupid woman.