- By Julius Whigham II Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Authorities are trying to determine whether a 32-year-old man recently convicted in New York of sexually assaulting two women has victims on the Treasure Coast.
Cameron McDermott of Hempstead, N.Y., pleaded guilty this month to charges of rape and sexual abuse. He is scheduled to be sentenced in April to 10 years in prison and five years of supervision upon his release, according to court records. He will also have to register as a sex offender.
McDermott has family in Indian River County and was in Martin County in June, just days before he was arrested in New York on rape charges, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to local authorities, a woman reported June 5 that a man exposed himself to her and to other women in the parking lot of a Jensen Beach shopping plaza. Deputies tracked the man’s vehicle after the woman provided a license-plate number. They found McDermott at the wheel.
He reportedly told deputies his pants zipper was down and the exposure was unintentional. A Martin County arrest warrant was later issued for McDermott on a charge of exposing sexual organs in public.
New York authorities say that in separate cases in 2010 and 2013, McDermott raped two women on multiple occasions, each time while the women were unconscious. He admitted to drugging his victims, authorities said. He recorded the acts on video and stored them on his computer.
Investigators say McDermott’s computer also contained a video file labeled “Florida.” The videos showed him committing a lewd act while luring women and children to his car under the guise of asking for directions, the sheriff’s office said.
Martin County investigators are looking to speak to anyone in the area who either encountered McDermott at a nightclub or met him through an online dating service.
Anyone who witnessed lewd behavior that was not reported is asked to call the Martin County Sheriff’s Office at 772-220-7000, or the nearest law-enforcement agency.