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  • Man charged with sex abuse, harassment for targeting women shopping

  • A registered sex offender has been arrested on suspicion of seeking sexual gratification by bumping against women at grocery and department stores.
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  • A registered sex offender has been arrested on suspicion of seeking sexual gratification by bumping against women at grocery and department stores.
    David Neal Reynolds, 53, of the 1300 block of Beekman Avenue, Medford, turned himself in and was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree sexual abuse, harassment and failure to register as a sex offender.
    A 41-year-old woman reported that she bent down to look at merchandise at Target on March 29 and an unknown man pressed his pelvis against her buttocks, a news release from Medford police said.
    The woman, who is involved in law enforcement, confronted the man, who said the contact was accidental and left quickly. She immediately notified store employees of the incident, but the man was able to get out of the store without being apprehended, police said.
    Target security personnel provided images of the suspect from surveillance video. Police shared these images with other law enforcement agencies and a Jackson County Community Justice officer recognized the suspect as Reynolds, a registered sex offender who used to be supervised through the agency.
    Reynolds is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. He has blue eyes and a bald head.
    Police went to the last address in Shady Cove that Reynolds had registered at as a sex offender, but he no longer lived there. Investigators also failed to find him at current and past places of employment. However, Reynolds learned police were looking for him and came to the Medford Police Department on Friday, today's news release said.
    Police reported that Reynolds admitted his involvement in this case and admitted the contact was for sexual gratification. Based on his statements, police believe he has done this to dozens of women in grocery and department stores over the course of years, the release said.
    Investigators want to talk to other women who were targeted by Reynolds. They ask anyone who recognizes him or his behavior to call Medford police at 541-770-4783.
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