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Men Arrested for Lewd Bathroom Conduct

May 25, 2004

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) _ Men ranging in age from 22 to 72 were arrested during a two-day sting at a public park restroom after complaints of lewd behavior there.

Nine men were arrested on obscenity counts for allegedly being caught engaged in oral sex acts, while a 72-year-old from Arnaudville was arrested on a count of sexual battery for allegedly grabbing at an undercover officer’s genitals, said Cpl. Mark Francis, a Lafayette police spokesman.

``It’s summertime and there’s kids and families in the parks and that’s the kind of stuff that’s going on out there,″ Francis said. ``You have these men, adult men, who are using public restrooms to engage in oral sex ... Surprisingly, a lot of the folks are married.″

The sting was simple. Officers watched for two men entering the bathroom together, then waited a short time and followed them into the bathroom to see what was going on, Francis said.

He said city police do infrequent checks on areas such as the Beaver Park bathroom and conduct sting operations when enough public complaints are filed.

``We chase them around from park to park,″ Francis said.


Information from: The Advocate, http://www.theadvocate.com

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