Police say they arrested a repeat public masturbator on Wednesday after he was found doing it outside a Columbia City pub. A police statement says the man was caught in the "throes of self-flagellation."
According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Police department spokesman, Jonah Spagenthal-Lee, said that at about 3:35 p.m.Wednesday, they received a call about a man who was masturbating in an alley south of Rainier Avenue, South Ferdinand street. According to Spagenthal-Lee, officers "found the 35-year-old suspect sitting on a stair case with his pants down around his ankle in the throes of self-flagellation."
When the man was told to stop, he refused, saying "he was almost finished."
After he had finished, police arrested him and spoke with witnesses who said he was seen earlier in the day wandering around the city, shouting and harassing people.
Police say he was jailed for "indecent exposure" and he is due for a first bail hearing on Thursday afternoon.
The Huffington Post reports that other cases of public masturbation have been reported recently.
In September, a public masturbator got off on probation after three separate subway incidents in which he attempted to "masturbate on women."
In April, a well-known Christian pastor was convicted of obscenity after he masturbated at a public park near a children's playground.