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Cops Bust Up Sketchy Public Beach Bathroom Used By Men as "meeting place for sexual activity"

An unrelated public men's room (Photo by kongsky via Shutterstock)
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Manhattan Beach Police have released details about a recent undercover sting operation that resulted in the arrest of 18 men for their alleged participation in illicit activities of a sexual nature inside a public bathroom at the beach.

The MBPD was contacted by Los Angeles County Lifeguards, who had taken note of "vandalism and suspicious activity by males in the bathroom," according to a release issued by authorities Tuesday.

The Lifeguards reported noticing a range of activities, including seeing the same dudes over and over again going in and out of the facility and loitering inside for extended periods of time. They also found some physical evidence that something wasn't on the up-and-up inside the public restroom, including "graffiti that depicted graphic sexual images as well as holes that were drilled in the partitions of the bathroom stalls."

The police took up an investigation, and started scouring the internet for word that the Marine Bathroom was being used as a hub spot for illegal sexual activity. Indeed, the detectives determined this particular bathroom was the new "meeting place" for such activity.

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Over a period of several days, the authorities conducted operations at the restroom, and ended up busting 18 adult males. Their charges range as follows:"solicit/engage in lewd conduct in public place (647(a)PC; loiter in/around public toilet for the purpose of engaging/soliciting lewd/unlawful act (647(d)PC), utilize a peephole in a restroom - invasion of privacy (647(j)PC), resisting arrest (148(a)(1)PC) and indecent exposure (314.1PC)."

Although this particular hot spot has been taken down, MBPD say they are on the lookout and will continue to conduct undercover operations at public restrooms in the community.