David Gray, age 35, of Orlando, Florida has been taken into custody following an alleged sexual assault on a 2-year-old in a Chick-fil-A male bathroom. Gray faces charges of sexual battery upon a child under the age of 12, child abuse, less and lascivious molestation and battery, exposure of sexual organs, aggravated assault with the intent to commit a felony, and contributing to the delinquency if a minor. He faces up to life in prison and is being held without bond.
ARRESTED: David Gray, on charges of sexual battery, lewd lascivious battery of very small child. Bystander noticed wrongdoing & alerted OPD pic.twitter.com/aRLrC6eY6T
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) October 6, 2017
A customer entered the Chick-fil-A bathroom and noticed an unknown male and young child already in a bathroom stall. He reportedly couldnât immediately distinguish if something of a nefarious sexual nature was happening or if the man was innocently bouncing the small child on his lap. The witness decided to flush the urinal and observe the manâs behavior, figuring Gray would panic if he was indeed molesting a child.
Gray reportedly did panic at the realization he wasnât alone. The witness described that Gray was in a motorized wheelchair and quickly attempted to get dressed and exit the restroom. As the witness tried to stop Gray from leaving, Gray pulled out a stun gun and threatened to kill him. The witness followed him out of the bathroom and began screaming for bystanders to call the police because a child had been abused.
Authorities apprehended Gray not far from the Chick-fil-A.
Police soon learned that Gray was a frequent customer at the Chick-fil-A site, which was less than a mile from the home child-care provider he worked for operating out of Windhover Condos. Witnesses, both customers and employees, claim that Gray and an unnamed woman frequent the Chick-fil-A location several times each week with children. At least one witness described witnessing Gray take babies into the bathroom on multiple previous occasions.
The Florida Department of Children and Families say that the day-care center Gray was employed by, ran by Chere M. Evans, had been operating illegally since it was neither registered nor licensed and was caring for more than two unrelated children. Both registration and licensure requires child-care center employees to pass a criminal-background screening.
Gray denied any wrongdoing in police interviews, even asking for a lie-detector examination. He reportedly told detectives before the examination that he could have had sexual contact with the child by accident for less than half a minute but that the witness overreacted to what he saw.
Pictures show Gray walking as he was taken into custody and escorted by local authorities. Itâs unclear the extent of his need for a wheelchair, but he was using a motorized wheelchair at the time of the alleged sexual assault on the two-year-old victim. The victimâs and familyâs identity are protected.