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Man charged after obscenity reported in Tulane library bathroom

Police arrested Thomas Sciortino, 69, on Nov. 25 after a Tulane University police officer saw him walk outside his Magazine Street home, an arrest report and a Tulane University Police Department daily activity log said. (Rahima Olatinwo)

Content warning: This article contains detailed descriptions of sexual harassment. 

A man who, police say, entered a Howard-Tilton Memorial Library bathroom, showed a student photos of male genitalia and wrote sexually explicit messages in several stalls faces nine misdemeanor charges, according to an affidavit for his arrest warrant. 

Police arrested Thomas Sciortino, 69, on Nov. 25 after a Tulane University police officer saw him walk outside his Magazine Street home, an arrest report and a Tulane University Police Department daily activity log said. 

Police obtained an arrest warrant after a student reported that a man entered the fifth floor restroom around 10:25 a.m. on Nov. 13 and held a phone under the stall to show a photo collage of three pictures of male genitalia, the affidavit said. 

Sciortino told the victim “don’t be scared” and asked the student about a sexual act, the affidavit said. 

Officers found sexually explicit graffiti messages and a phone number linked to Sciortino written on the fifth floor stall in red ink, according to the affidavit. Surveillance footage from Nov. 13 showed Sciortino enter library bathrooms on multiple floors and police found six  similar graffiti messages in bathroom stalls, the document said. 

Scortino is not affiliated with Tulane.

Authorities charged him with nine misdemeanors: seven counts of criminal damage to property by graffiti, one count of obscenity and one count of criminal trespass. 

Court records show the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office released Sciortino from jail after he signed an agreement to stay off all Tulane property. 

In an email, Tulane police Chief Kirk Bouyelas said the library is open to “non-affiliates of Tulane,” including staff from other universities and the public. Security is present during the library hours and security cameras collect footage of the building, Bouyelas said. 

Records show Sciortino next appears in court Jan. 24.

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