Man who exposed himself near Old Town school is arrested after robbing CTA passenger of a phone so he can watch porn, prosecutors say

The man who was seen pleasuring himself while watching children arrive for class at an Old Town elementary school Wednesday was arrested two days later after he robbed a Red Line passenger of a phone so he could watch porn, prosecutors said Saturday. Nick George, 50, also swung a box cutter at a Mag Mile security guard who tried to remove him from the property in a separate incident on Friday, Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Ferrell said during a bond court hearing.

As if all of that weren’t enough, court records show George has been AWOL from a pending felony burglary case for the past month.

Ferrell said George rode a bike into an alley on the 200 block of West Scott around 7:43 a.m. Wednesday and watched students arrive at Franklin Fine Arts Academy about 300 yards away. Video shows George pulling down his pants to fully expose his private areas, and he appears to masturbate for “several seconds” before pulling his pants up, Ferrell said.

Nick George (left) and a surveillance image of the suspect from Scott Street. | CPD

George then climbed onto a wall and looked into the window of a nearby home, but the resident confronted him, and George rode away on the bike, according to Ferrell.

CPD released a community alert about the incident with two images from surveillance footage on Thursday.

Around 6:10 a.m. the next day, George pulled out a box cutter and swung it at a security guard who was escorting him out of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, 160 East Pearson, because he was eating and drinking merchandise in the gift shop, Ferrell said. The guard was able to step out of the way and was not injured.

Finally, at 12:50 p.m. Friday, George snatched a man’s phone on the Clark-Division Red Line platform, causing the victim to stumble and fall, Ferrell said. When police arrested George a short time later, he admitted to taking the phone to watch porn, according to Ferrell.

George also admitted to pleasuring himself near the school and identified himself in surveillance images, Ferrell said.

Prosecutors said George has two previous convictions for indecent exposure in Pennsylvania. He is on probation for possessing a stolen motor vehicle in Wisconsin, according to Ferrell.

George served in the Navy from 1990 to 1994 and is currently unemployed and experiencing housing instability, according to his public defender, Courtney Smallwood.

Prosecutors charged George with felony charges of robbery and public indecency near a school. He is also charged with misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and theft. Judge Susana Ortiz set bail amounts totaling $40,000 in the three cases. She said George must go onto electronic monitoring if he can post a 10% deposit to get out of jail.

He is not immediately eligible for release, though. Ortiz also ordered him held without bail for violating the terms of bail in a pending burglary case. Court records show a judge issued an arrest warrant for George when he failed to appear for that case on September 29.

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