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Modesto man arrested in teen groping

Police detectives Thursday morning arrested a 21-year-old Modesto man suspected of groping a 15-year-old Downey High School girl a week ago as she waited at an east Modesto bus stop.

Detectives from the Modesto police Special Victims Unit arrested Ray Allen Beaty at his apartment in the 1800 block of Coffee Road.

Beaty was booked at Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18 and committing sexual battery, both misdemeanors, police said.

Beaty's bail was set at $5,000 and he was being held at the jail Thursday night, said Sgt. Craig Gundlach, a police spokesman.

Detectives identified Beaty as the suspect several hours after the reported attack and interviewed him. Gundlach said detectives did not arrest Beaty at the time, but filed a criminal complaint against him with the Stanislaus County district attorney's office.

Warrant issued Thursday

Gundlach said the district attorney's office reviewed the complaint, determined the appropriate charges and issued a warrant for Beaty's arrest Thursday.

About 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 5, the girl was at a bus stop near East Orangeburg Avenue and Cordero Court when a man approached and grabbed her "in- appropriately," police said.

The girl's 23-year-old brother heard her screams and chased the man to a 2004 silver Dodge Stratus that had a paper rear license plate. When the man got into his car, he brandished a blue handgun. Detectives learned the weapon was a toy that resembled a weapon.

Modesto City Schools sent out its first emergency call to 31,000 homes on a new phone dialer system to warn parents. Authorities said one of the calls led police to Beaty's parent's home later in the afternoon.

Modesto police found a car matching the one described by the victims at the Empire home, Gundlach said. Police also found a blue Airsoft toy pistol in the home.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or 578-2394.

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