Citrus man accused of masturbating in restaurant

Posted at 8:46 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 20:50:51-05

A 24-year-old Hernando man is accused of exposing his genitalia and masturbating inside a Citrus County restaurant.

Deputies say the first incident took place on January 17 when Nicholas Scordato, of 5772 N. Carl G. Rose Highway in Hernando, came to the restaurant, which has not been named, along with a pregnant woman.

According to the waitress, Scordato tried picking her up.  As a result, the pregnant woman became upset and left Scordato at the restaurant.

The waitress continued serving alcoholic beverages to Scordato and while bringing a drink to the table the server noticed Scordato had his genitalia completely exposed under the table and was masturbating, an arrest affidavit shows.

The server, deputies say, immediately ran to the kitchen and reported the incident to her boss.

A few days after this initial incident, the server was talking with co-workers about the ordeal and learned Scordato had done this to others in the past, an arrest affidavit states.

A second victim alleges Scordato pulled down his pants in front of her, exposing his genitalia and also masturbated.  Deputies say on that same day, he approached the second victim for a second time, and repeated the offense as he walked toward the woman.

This woman did not initially report the incident because she feared for her safety, deputies say.

According to deputies, the following day, Scordato began text messaging the second victim asking if she wanted to see his genitalia again.  It is not clear how Scordato obtained the woman's cell phone number.

Scordato also asked the woman via text message if he could call her and have her put the phone on speaker so he could masturbate to her voice, deputies say.

An arrest affidavit states deputies tracked down the pregnant woman.  The pregnant woman reportedly told deputies she left the restaurant because she knew Scordato was touching himself under the table and there were children nearby.

An arrest warrant was issued for Scordato.

He was arrested Wednesday and charged with exposure of sex organs.

He is being held on $2,000 bond.