WEST HOLLYWOOD—The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office revealed on August 13 that 34-year-old Hershel Louis Korngut pled no contest to one felony count of lewd acts on a child. On January 1, 2018, Korngut exposed and rubbed himself against an unknowing 14-year-old girl at Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park.
Deputies from the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department in West Hollywood initially received a report indicating that a man indecently exposed himself to an adult woman. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that additional victims were identified as juveniles. According to the LASD, in addition to the 14-year-old girl, Korngut assaulted a 12-year-old girl at the theme park, as well. He was arrested and booked at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, cited and released.
Korngut worked as a audiologist at a healing care facility in Tarzana and a mentor at a youth organization in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department wrote in an update on March 28 that read:
“Based on the allegations of the case and information of the suspect’s work and volunteer history, detectives believe there may be additional victims.”
Canyon News spoke to Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, for additional details about the case.
“As far as any additional victims, there are no pending charges,” Santiago told Canyon News.
Korngut is scheduled for a hearing on November 3, 2018 in Department 120 of Los Angeles Superior Court, Van Nuys Bureau.
Anyone who may have been a victim of Korngut or have any information about the incident is asked to contact Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood Station, Detective Dowdy at 818-622-9600. For those wishing to remain anonymous, call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org