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Man who exposed himself to young girl in Arleta identified as sex offender

A sketch helped police identify Geary Cornick, 50, as the man suspected of flashing a young girl while riding his moped in Arleta.

October 16, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A composite sketch of a man suspected of flashing a 12-year-old girl while riding his moped linked police to a registered sex offender.

According to LAPD detectives, the state parole office identified 50-year-old Geary Cornick as the culprit who exposed himself to the minor on August 31.

"It was the description of the man on a moped and his behavior that made a parole officer curious about Gornick," Det. Luz Montero, of the Mission Detective Division, said in a statement. "And sure enough, the GPS data from an ankle bracelet put Gornick at the time and place of the crime."

Gornick is required to wear the ankle bracelet as part of his conditions of conviction and parole.

According to the victim, Gornick rode up on a moped, called out to her and then exposed himself as she was walking across a parking lot in Arleta around 4:20 p.m. The girl reportedly ignored the man and immediately told her mother.

The suspect rode off and went to a nearby liquor store on Van Nuys Boulevard. That's where the girl's mother caught up to the suspect and confronted him as he left the store. However, no video footage of the interaction between the suspect and mother was captured.

Gornick was arrested on September 22 on an unrelated methamphetamine charge and he has been in county jail since.

"Now he'll face another sex-related charge on his already established criminal history," said Det. Montero.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call LAPD Mission Detectives at (818) 838-9975.

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