LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The state parole office Tuesday identified a man who allegedly exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl as a registered sex offender.
Detectives released a composite sketch of the suspect, whose description matched that of 50-year-old Geary Gornick, on Oct. 9.
Officials say Gornick rode up on a moped and called out to the girl, who was walking across a parking lot in Arleta, around 4:20 p.m. on Aug. 31. He then exposed himself, rode away, and walked into a nearby liquor store at 14439 Van Nuys Boulevard, according to police.
The girl’s mother confronted the suspect as he left the store, but there was no video footage available. Detectives and a sketch artist guided the mother and daughter through the process of drawing the suspect’s likeness.
“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.”
As a part of Gornick’s conviction and parole, he is required to wear an ankle bracelet, which transmitted his whereabouts.
Gornick has been in county jail since he was arrested on Sept. 22 on an unrelated charge involving methamphetamine.
“Now he’ll face another sex-related charge on his already established criminal history,” Det. Montero said. “Our victim, her mom, the parole agent, and technology all played an important role in identifying this dangerous predator before he could physically harm someone.”