Editor’s note: The following story contains a description of a crime of a sexual nature. Readers are encouraged to use their own discretion when reading.
A Juneau man caught with his pants down masturbating in an aisle of Walmart in July was convicted by a jury in Juneau District Court on Thursday.
The jury found Eugene J. Bourdon, 53, guilty on one count of open lewdness during a one-day trial. He was ordered by the court to report to jail for 90 days, the maximum sentence for the charge, effective immediately. Open lewdness is a class ‘B’ misdemeanor, according to City and Borough of Juneau statutes.
The charges stem from an instance on July 27 of this year when a Walmart employee called the Juneau Police Department to report a man was photographing children and touching himself inappropriately, according to an affidavit filed by city prosecutor August Petropulos on Sept. 19.
A JPD officer arrived on scene and was instructed by Bourdon’s probation officer at the time, Sara Dallas, to check Bourdon’s items for photos of children. Bourdon was on probation from a 1997 case for four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
The conditions of his probation, according to a criminal information filed in July of this year by Assistant District Attorney Amy Williams in another case, include no unauthorized contact with minors under 16 except his biological children and with their mother’s approval. Bourdon is also to submit to a search of his person, personal property, residence or any vehicle at the direction of his probation officer.
The JPD officer found 192 photographs on Bourdon’s camera, many of which focused on the clothed buttocks and groin areas of girls and women, accoriding to Petropulos’ affidavit. Petropulos alleged there were also videos taken from underneath skirts of girls and women.
The affidavit said two videos were found in his cell phone allegedly showing sexual explicit activity involving a girl between 5 to 8 years old.
Bourdon was originally charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of indecent exposure in the first degree. Those three charges were dismissed by the District Attorney on Aug. 4. Eric Hedland, Bourdon’s attorney in that case, said those charges were dismissed because there wasn’t any child pornography.
The city case against Bourdon for open lewdness was filed a month later in September.
The Walmart employee told police she found Bourdon in an aisle with his pants down low enough to expose his underwear, and that it looked like he was masturbating. Around the corner were two girls between the ages of 8 and 12, the affidavit states she told police. She said he was discreetly taking pictures of them and stalking them around the store. A JPD detective later inspected one aisle with an ultraviolet light and found what appeared to be [filtered word] in the area.
Older court records suggest Bourdon has a criminal record that dates back to 1979, which former District Attorney Richard Svobodny, now the deputy attorney general for the Department of Law’s criminal division, detailed in a sentencing memo in 1993.
He was convicted of exposing himself to a 5-year-old girl in 1979, Svobodny wrote, and of fourth-degree criminal mischief in 1986 when he was found in the crawl space between the men’s and women’s bathroom at the Shee Atika Hotel in Sitka.
In another 1986 case, Bourdon was convicted of attempted sexual assault when he grabbed two girls near Sitka’s Blatchley Middle School.
“Defendant lay in wait as these two young girls were walking home,” the sentencing memo read. “Fortunately both girls were able to struggle away.”
Bourdon was convicted of indecent exposure in 1992 after he followed a group of kids, ranging in ages from 9 to 11 years of age, home and started to [filtered word] about 15 feet away from them. Bourdon ran away when he saw the stepfather of one of the girls, Svobodny said. He was convicted again on one count of indecent exposure in 1993.
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