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 teen 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.