Man wearing spandex, feather boa banned from shopping mall
A 44-year-old Hollywood man has been banned from the Glendale Galleria for allegedly sexually harassing a group of teenage girls at the mall while dressed in a zebra-print spandex outfit complete with a feather boa and fedora.
The man, Scott Basko, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three misdemeanor counts of child molesting for making sexually explicit gestures at the girls — who ranged in age from 13 to 15 — on Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint.
Basko had already been temporarily banned from the Americana at Brand for committing lewd acts in front of teenage girls — including “intentionally adjusting his penis while wearing similar skin-tight pants” — while at the outdoor mall, according to Glendale police reports.
Large venues with many people can be an easy target for individuals who “want to prey upon our young,” Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
Basko was arrested at 3:50 p.m. Monday after an employee notified police that the girls were hiding inside Cache clothing store to get away from him, according to police.
When officers approached Basko, he told them he was browsing, according to police reports. Basko also reportedly told officers that his gum-chewing could have been mistaken for other actions.
The girls told police that Basko — whose shiny zebra-print vest exposed his chest and midriff — began staring and winking at them when they were taking photographs of one another outside a mall store.
When the girls began walking away, he allegedly followed, prompting one of them to yell “stop.”
They took cover inside a store, waited for 10 minutes and left, which is when they allegedly saw him leaning against a railing and staring at them. At that point, Basko allegedly made sexually explicit gestures with his tongue.
--Veronica Rocha, Times Community News
Photo: Scott Basko was arrested at the Glendale Galleria on suspicion of child annoyance. Credit: Glendale Police Department / Aug. 15, 2012