June 20, 2014
An 18-year-old University of Florida student was accused in sworn complaints of committing lewd acts for masturbating in front of women, according to University Police.
Police were sent to the Sorority Row area on Southwest Eighth Avenue on Monday in regards to a man allegedly masturbating. Gainesville police apparently investigated the incident and filed a complaint against the student.
The University Police Department was contacted on Wednesday by a woman who claims a man sat next to her on a bench on campus on Tuesday and began masturbating.
According to police, the man identified was the same student. UPD filed a sworn complaint alleging lewd and lascivious acts.
In a press release, police stated that the man was trespassed from campus, meaning he cannot attend classes or do anything else on campus until the case is resolved.
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