by Doug Brown
A Brecksville man was cited for disorderly conduct in federal court on Friday after admitting to a park ranger that he regularly masturbates in a Cuyahoga Valley National Park parking lot, among other public locations.
The man, Andrew Gill, was tracked down in late August after a woman reported to park rangers that a man in a blue Honda waved at her and then "held his genitals" and "masturbated" towards her from his car as she went by near the Red Lock trailhead. This was shortly after an Eastlake woman was reported missing in the park, and the woman says she "was afraid he may have something to do" with her disappearance, so she blocked him in the parking lot to protect other women in the lot.
The park ranger was able to track Gill down, and he admitted to everything the woman said, and more, according the citation just filed: "Gill admitted to knowing women were in the parking lot. He said she pulled his genitals out of his shorts and rubbed them and masturbated."
Gill also told the ranger he's been masturbating in parks for at least two years, including in the Brecksville Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.
"He said he deserves a couple days in jail," the ranger wrote.
Here's the full narrative section of Gill's citation.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park dispatch advised that a visitor reported a man masturbating at Red Lock. The suspect was in a blue car, Ohio license plate [redacted}. I spoke with the victim who said the suspect had just seen her and waved at the trailhead and then went back to his vehicle. When she passed his vehicle she saw him holding his genitals and masturbating. She got into her vehicle and blocked him in to protect another woman in the lot as she was afraid he may have something to do with the missing woman that was being searched for in the park. The owner of the vehicle, Andrew Todd Gill, identified himself with his driver's license when later interviewed. Gill admitted to knowing women were in the parking lot. He said he pulled his genitals out of his shorts and rubbed them and masturbated. Gill said he has been doing this for at least two years and also does it in the Cleveland Metroparks Brecksville Reservation. He said He deserves a couple days in jail.