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Serial flasher convicted on all eight counts

Robert Ray Martin to be sentenced Thursday for coffee shop exposures

Editor's note: Washington County Circuit Court Judge Eric Butterfield has delayed Robert Ray Martin's sentencing until March 20 to allow Martin's attorney's to perform a presentencing investigation.

Martin is also charged with public indecency in Multnomah County. That case is expected to begin March 8.

MartinA Sherwood man could face several years in prison after a jury convicted him of masturbating outside drive-through coffee shops in Tigard, Tualatin, Wilsonville and Lake Oswego.

Jurors convicted Robert Ray Martin, 49, on Jan. 29, after he pleaded not guilty to charges of felony public indecency.

Martin's crimes were committed in late 2012, when police responded to 10 incidents of a man exposing himself at drive-thru coffee shops and fast food restaurants in the area.

The man would allegedly pull up to drive-thru windows when young women were working in the afternoon and evenings, expose his genitals and pleasure himself.

Police said the man would turn his lights off before entering the drive-thru and had removed the license plate in advance.

Incidents were reported at Starbucks on Martinazzi Avenue in Tualatin, as well as Coffee Rush on Scholls Ferry Road and Dutch Bros. Coffee on Pacific Highway.

At the time, Tualatin Police said that they were looking for a dark gray 2002 or 2003 Mitsubishi Gallant with a missing gas cap cover.

That description matched Martin’s vehicle, which was found at Diamond Auto Sales shortly after the incidents stopped.

After his arrest, Martin was steadfast in his innocence, emailing a 1,500-word statement to news media, saying that he had been vilified before a jury was able to hear his case.

“After being released it came to my attention very quickly that my name and picture was all over the news and that I had already been burnt at the stake,” Martin wrote. “The witch hunt was now over! … and I was now their man without any reasonable doubt. ‘Guilty! until proven innocent.’”

Martin said that the similarities between his vehicle and the police’s description was coincidental.

“Sometimes, things just are not what they appear to be,” Martin wrote.

At trial, Martin’s attorney argued that descriptions of the suspect varied, arguing that the crimes were committed by another man, or possible more than one.

Jurors disagreed, convicting Martin of eight counts of felony public indecency on Friday after only an hour of deliberations.

Martin has prior public indecency convictions from the 1980’s, said Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown.

His sentencing is set for Thursday, Feb. 5.


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