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Man accused of masturbating in public ordered to stay away from Girl Scouts, Walmart

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Alexander Gailunas (Avon Police) Alexander Gailunas (Avon Police)
AVON, CT (WFSB) -

Five Girl Scouts were possibly exposed to a man's alleged lewd behavior just yards away from where they were selling cookies.

Parents said they were disgusted when they said they saw 23-year-old Alexander Gailunas masturbating inside his vehicle at the Avon Walmart on Sunday morning.

The Girl Scouts troop was selling cookies in front of the Walmart, not far away from where Gailunas was parked.

Court documents show Gailunas was at the parking lot for 20 minutes before at least one parent saw him.

Once they did, he took off but Avon police caught up to him.

When he was questioned, police said Gailunas said he was “not some sort of weirdo and was not looking at the kids,” but was watching a movie on his phone, court documents said.

While searching his car, police said they found some marijuana and confiscated Gailunas’ cell phone where they will look for child porn.

“To do that in front of a Wal-Mart, a public place, all that stuff is just wrong, not okay,” said Shelby Sonnenberg, of Avon. “It was so close and if he was facing that direction, and doing that here, right there, it just doesn't seem like a logical thing.”

Court documents did not say if any of the five Girl Scouts saw Gailunas, but local leaders are very clear about the safety precautions troops take during the selling season.

“Girl safety is our number one priority. We encourage girls to always be in buddies and we encourage parents to have at least two adults when they're out selling cookies,” said Sharon Bellinger, chief marketing officer for Girl Scouts.

The same troop is expected to be selling cookies again in the same spot this weekend, and officials said they weren’t aware of any changes to those plans, but shoppers said they won’t blame them for being a little hesitant.

“They may not want to be out here and it could have a lasting impact on how Girl Scouts do things in general,” Sonnenberg said.

Gailunas is being held on a $15,000 bond. If he posts it, he is strictly forbidden from all Walmart stores in the state and must stay at least 100 feet away from any uniformed Girl Scouts.

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