Cops: Walmart exposer has been arrested before

Surveillance footage shows man who exposed himself to children, police say

Published On: Feb 06 2012 03:49:32 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 09 2012 08:38:32 AM EST
Robert Walyus
TITUSVILLE, Fla. -

The man accused of exposing himself to two children in a Titusville Walmart has been booked into the Brevard county jail.

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office website shows Robert Walyus, 28, of Wedgefield, was taken to the jail Wednesday night.

Walyus was originally arrested just after 1 a.m. Tuesday at his Orange County home.  Police said they received a tip from someone who saw Waylus on the news.

Police said Walyus approached two children in the toy aisle and asked if he could touch them while exposing himself to them around 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Titusville Walmart.

The children immediately ran to get an adult, police said.

One of the victim's mothers said their daughter told her she "saw his thing" and Walyus was adjusting his pants when she turned around and looked at him.

Attorney Adam Sudbury said Walyus was "staring at the 14-year-old making gestures to the 14-year-old and asking her to participate in some manner."

Images from surveillance video were released showing Walyus entering the Titusville Walmart on Saturday, according to police.

Police said they believe Walyus is also responsible for a similar incident that happened at a Titusville Publix in October 2011.

Walyus is listed as a registered sexual predator with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  He was convicted of lewd or lascivious exhibition to a victim under 16 years old in Orange County in 2003 and in Seminole County in 2008.

According to a survey, Florida is one of the three states with the largest number of registered sex offenders with 57,896. California and Texas round out the top three, with 106,216 and 68,529, respectively.

FDLE offers a registered sex offender database where you can see where registered sex offenders live in Florida.

Neighbors who live near Walyus said when he moved in five years ago, they were forced to change their lives.

"My wife can't even walk down the street, with him staring out," said neighbor Joe Blythe. "She walks the dog every night, carries a phone because of him."

Blythe said they were aware of Walyus' flyer on the FDLE sex offender database. Walyus spent several years in prison for touching himself in front of a little girl at a Seminole County McDonald's.

Walyus was released from prison more than year ago and was on probation when he exposed himself to a child at Walmart, police said.

"They ought to keep him in jail, how many times has been arrested?" Blye said. "They're going to keep running him loose before hurts somebody?"

Walyus is being held on $125,000 bond. It is unknown when he will be extradited.

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