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Posted on 04/04/2012 10:14:11 PM PDT by doug from upland
Manhattan Beach public bathroom sex sting nets 18 arrests
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 Images of 18 men arrested in a sex sting in Manhattan Beach are shown in this image provided by police.
Gregory Barnett of L.A., Terrill Bazile of L.A., Isauro Benavides Jr. of Santa Monica, Charles Couch of Hawthorne, Celyn Cruz of Lawndale, Jacob Dotson of Manhattan Beach, Thomas Droeszler of L.A., Carl Edwards of L.A., Mario Flores of Lomita, William, Jackson of East Sussex, England, Giovanni Mendez of Gardena, Brad Onomura of Torrance, Claudio Pinto of Hermosa Beach, Tod Rathbun of Redondo Beach, Richard Reynolds of El Segundo, Glen Sears of L.A., Jeremy Tamanaha of L.A. and Joseph Williams of Torrance (left to right) are shown in images provided by the Manhattan Beach Police Department. (KABC Photo)
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- Eighteen men were arrested as part of a sex sting operation involving a public restroom in Manhattan Beach.
The lifeguard staff at the Marine Avenue headquarters originally noticed vandalism and what was called suspicious activity at the restroom and notified police. Lifeguards also noticed men frequently using and returning to the same bathroom, and some were loitering in the area as well as inside the restroom for long periods of time.
Officers set up surveillance at the restroom. Detectives also began monitoring several websites where discussions of the Marine Avenue bathroom were taking place. Based on the information gathered, investigators concluded that the public restroom was being used as a meeting place for sexual activity.
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L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center decries sex-sting coverage
April 5, 2012 | By Don Frances
Ed Murrow might not have approved.
Your friends at KPCC werent the only ones taken aback at how eagerly certain media outlets, abetted by the Manhattan Beach Police Department, published detailed personal information on the 18 men accused of engaging in consensual-but-illegal sex in a public restroom.
Guilty or not, the men, all of whom had been swept up in a recent sting operation by Manhattan Beach police, were listed in a pdf file by the MBPD, along with date of birth, city of residence and high-res mug shots — which CBS Los Angeles (KCBS and KCAL) then helpfully reposted online in its entirety. Similarly, the hometown Daily Breeze posted small versions of the arrestees mug shots but linked to the high-res ones, plus listed their names in a long paragraph — the better to show up in future Google searches.
Reactions to those stories were mixed, judging from reader comments, but in a statement released Wednesday, members of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center did not mince words in expressing their outrage.
Its shocking that any news operation, but especially an affiliate of a major network like CBS, would choose to publish the mug shots, names and birthdates of people charged with victimless crimes, simply because the charges are salacious or related to gay sex, the groups chief of staff Darrel Cummings said in the statement.
Publishing their photos serves no purpose other than to humiliate and destroy their lives. We call on KCBS/KCAL to immediately remove the images and names from their website.
The group said its members contacted KCBS, and that Assistant News Director Paul Button ... said he would look into the issue, but he has yet to follow up with the Center.
Police have the right to release the names of any non-minors they have arrested regardless of the offense, and traditionally have done so. But unlike print and other old-media forms, online media poses a new challenge: On the Internet, stories last forever, making the repercussions permanent for those named.
At least two of the 18 men have denied engaging in lewd acts, and one told the Daily Breeze, You have completely ruined my life. An anonymous reader of this blog offered the following comment: I know one of the guys that was arrested. He just walked in to take a leak and got tackled on the way out.
Even so, some readers applauded the publishing of detailed information. I live in Georgia (originally from the South Bay), commented a Daily Breeze reader. Out here, they post the name, address and photo of EVERYONE who is arrested and we LOVE IT. If you don’t want your name and photo in the news, don’t get arrested.
I thought it was mandatory in California.
“What is it with queers and public restrooms?”
The reason why it was considered a mental illness until that became politically incorrect is that the number of partners is through the roof, and they deliberately seek out anonymous strangers. That became known when they were trying to trace AIDS transmissions, and the afflicted would try to list their contacts; they’d had sex with numerous total strangers (and AIDS became impossible to trace).
We had one of these freaks as our governor..
As a rookie cop in Ohio in 1973 I got picked to stand on a box looking out a hole in the wall for this crap. I spent 8 hr. shifts smelling urine, shiite and watching this stuff go on. Made 48 arrests in a 30 day period. One was my next door neighbor. He never volunteered to mow my lawn again.
“What is it with queers and public restrooms??”
They find poop arousing.
Nice pix. Are they US landmarks? Is the bottom photo related to the top two?
Maybe they should give them a pass. Looking at them it’s hard to believe any of them found someone to have sex with; even each other.
It is an epidemic.
I travel for a living, so rest areas and public bathrooms are required. Between the graffiti arranging hookups, holes in walls, etc, this goes on far more than most people realize.
I have heard the slapping sounds in the handicap stall too many times.
Adult bookstores are another favorite for this crowd with the occasional crossdresser, transvestite or real woman on the other side of the glory hole.
There are websites dedicated to disseminating this information. If you read the posts, you will throw up.
Let me remind all of you that this is unprotected sex acts going on here with multiple, anonymous partners.
I you explore this side of society, you will understand that gay marriage is not about two people who are in love, but mainstreaming a lifestyle that has no regard for fidelity, monogamy nor family.
Something tells me that this was one location advertised in the local homosexual publications as a “hot” spot.
I think I am better off not knowing what you are saying.
Please don’t translate.
Homosexuality is partner-assisted masturbation.
They're intrinsically disordered, don't expect rationality.
The mantra in the early 70’s was that the sodomites wouldn’t be ‘cruising’ in public areas once they ‘came out’ and had their own trysting joints.
We had a problem with a Men’s Room at our City Hall.
Well, maybe if you’d let them marry, they wouldn’t have anonymous multiple partner public restroom sex.
(s) certain california legislators want to make it MANDATORY!(/s)
These people are sick. This is a public place, a public beach.
If any had a smartphone they can be tracked.
Something not mentioned in any of the articles I’ve read on this:
The Manhattan Beach Marine Street public restroom is immediately adjacent to the Junior Lifeguard program, where hundreds of young boys and girls learn ocean survival, swimming, and conditioning. The kids use that very restroom after the morning and afternoon sessions. You can see the parents picking up their kids at that location all day, every day during summer.
The first two are not in the US. I got those pics from a site called www.thecoolhunter.com/lifestyle. The third on is from a dam in Washington, I believe. That is an intake for water that deposits it into a creek on the other side of the dam. It is a much more glorious glory hole.
Isn’t this a photo of the White House staff?
I think you're right. I remember when I heard that news saying, no kidding, I'm not surprised.
The highway rest stops are awful for that too. I was traveling on business about 20 years ago and stopped to use the restroom outside of Little Rock and this creepy dude who had been hanging around outside followed me in and stood at the urinal next to me. So I quickly left but in agony because I really needed to go badly. I hung a U turn and used the one on the other side of the Interstate. Wouldn’t you know it, as I was leaving that pervert was pulling in to a parking lot on that side waving to me to come and talk to him. If I had been in more familiar surroundings I probably would have gone over and beat the crap out of him.
I see that the sting operation bore uh, fruit.
Great idea for a horror movie in the same genre as crazed trucker kills innocent tourists. It would get loads of advertising as the gays would label it "homophobic" and protest. It might even work out really well in that the gays would stop doing it in the same way people stopped going to the beach after JAWS came out.
The lack of a marriage certificate keeps them from using their own bedrooms?
What’s the poetic name? Oh, that’s right! “The love that dares not go someplace private!”
Made 48 arrests in a 30 day period. One was my next door neighbor. He never volunteered to mow my lawn again.
The lack of a marriage certificate keeps them from using their own bedrooms?
No. The lack of a marriage certificate keeps them from using their own bathrooms.
Search Google images with the URLs to find the source of the images:
Devetashkata Cave - Bulgaria
Baatara Gorge Waterfall, Tannourine - Lebanon
Monticello Dam is a dam in Napa County, California, United States constructed between 1953 and 1957. The dam is noted for its classic, uncontrolled morning-glory type spillway. The diameter at the lip is 72 ft (22 m). Locally, the spillway is also known as ‘The Glory Hole’. 
I wonder if he told the deputy “If you wanna do it, do it right (right?), do it with me...” and then when the deputy pulled out the cuffs, “Get back! Hands off! Go for it!”
And how exactly does a lack of a marriage certificate keep someone from using his own bathroom?
Gays never really wanted marriage to begin with. It was all a put up. Whether or not they get “gay marriage” will do nothing to stop public restroom sodomy.
I don’t’ know, but I’m sure that if you asked a liberal they would tell you it has something to do with narrow minded, bigotted, intolerant Christian Conservatives.
So, did you have some lotion to lend?
Some poor guy flew all the way from England to end up in a gay sting. Ouch!
In their lingo, then, the chap was arrested for public “buggery”.