18 Men Arrested In Sex Sting At Manhattan Beach Public Restroom

MANHATTAN BEACH (CBS) — Several undercover stings involving public beach restrooms have ended in the arrest of 18 men for unlawful sexual activities.

Los Angeles County Lifeguards alerted Manhattan Beach police to unusual activity taking place at a public bathroom located at Marine Avenue at The Beach, authorities said.

“The same men were frequently using and returning to the location, and men were loitering in the area as well as inside the restroom for long periods of time,” Stephanie Martin of MBPD said.

Lifeguards and maintenance staff also found graffiti that depicted “graphic sexual images as well as holes that were drilled in the partitions of the bathroom stalls,” Martin said.

Manhattan Beach detectives began monitoring websites and chat rooms where discussions about the “Marine Bathroom” were taking place and determined the restroom was being used as a meeting place for sexual activity, police said.

Detectives then set up a series of sting operations using surveillance of the location and information gathered from online outlets to arrest 18 suspects.

The men, aged  21 to 59-years-old, were arrested on a range of charges including soliciting and engaging in lewd conduct in a public place, loitering, utilizing a peephole in a restroom, invasion of privacy and indecent exposure.

All 18 suspects have been released from police custody pending a court date or further investigation, officials said.

To see mugshots of all 18 suspects, click here.

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  • bounce

    I hope they will all be required to register as sex offenders (I they aren’t already registered)

    • Maria Schneider

      Oh please. If it were naked girls or heterosexual sex there would be no posting. Ever been to surf fest? way more dangerous! These men should never have had their pictures posted or should be registered as a sex offenders.


      I am so disappointed I missed out on this party. My glory hole is always open for the right man.

    • Wyle E Coyote

      How long has your mother been on the sex offenders list?

      • Roadrunner

        not as long as you!

        beep! beep!

    • David von Ah

      Sex offenders are people who have committed offenses against someone rather than with someone. Let’s reserve sex offender registration for those who are actually a danger to society. No, these guys should get sentenced to stand outside that restroom with a sign that says, “I’m sorry, I broke the law because I was too stupid to know the difference between a restroom and a bar.”

      • GDOGNCBD

        it should say a public restroom and a private room where i cant be set -up for being so careless and selfiish to try this in public.public restrooms are for us to have when we visit places and we need to have some where to go w/o being rude and doing it on side of someones property or car door.

      • Ted


      • RJ

        Correct, David. A sex offender registry is typically reserved for level 1, 2, or 3 registered sex offenders.

        They will be tried and, if found guilty, most likely receive a short-term level 0 sex offender status, meaning they will not need to report into the state sex offender registry.

      • jakeinlove

        LOL. As if they won’t bust you at a bar in their next sting – even if it is a gay one.

  • rlb.1369

    Is nothing sacred, not even the bathrooms at the beach, Oh my God what is next The Bathrood at City HALL!

  • Tray Chubin

    Shame on you for printing their pictures. You have no decency.

    • cage

      >>>Shame on you for printing their pictures. You have no decency.

      • The Mad Man

        Neither did they!

      • craig

        Agreed. Shame for posting the pictures. I wonder how many “sex in public” arrests the Manhatton beach police have made in the last year involving adult hetero sexuals? I’m guessing, zero.

      • Christina39

        I am wondering how much heterosexual “sex in public” was DONE by the police.

    • cage

      >>>Shame on you for printing their pictures. You have no decency.

      And shame on your for having a wacked out moral compass.

      • Ted

        There’s nothing immoral about having sex in public. It is illegal because of people like you who are terrified of nakedness or gayness or anything out of the ordinary. No one can claim to have been hurt by these acts except for people who have been arrested and defamed.

      • cage

        >>>>There’s nothing immoral about having sex in public. It is illegal because of people like you who are terrified of nakedness or gayness or anything out of the ordinary. No one can claim to have been hurt by these acts except for people who have been arrested and defamed.

        No one’s terrified by nakedness or gayness. Just disgusted by the latter. Pretty much the same way I’m disgusted by the molestations of students by LAUSD teachers….. Sex in public is one thing – sex by sticking your willy thru a glory hole in a fly-festering beach bathroom is twisted. It’s not fun, or funny.


      exactly,they were foolish enought o try and do this where people not interested will be also trying to just have a little privacy and get their bussiness over.have you ever by chance been to a restroom where ony stall open had a gaping hole in it and you need to drop a #2 immediately,but theres a set of eyes peering from the other side.uncomfrrtable and very irriitating,will usally get a trash can contents dumped oer their door when i leave.

    • bob

      @ Ted – How do you know there was no victim? Anyone trying to use that bathroom was a victim. Blood and fecal matter splattered all over the toilets and floors are hazardous. All they had to do was get a motel room or use their own beds.

    • bob

      Too bad Christina, those pictures are public. A lawyer would laugh at an idiot like you

    • Ted

      Were these men molesting any children? No. There is not a single reason why anyone needs to know who these men are. Posting these men’s faces and names for committing a misdemeanor offense that has NO VICTIM is disgusting. And your defense of posting them is both inane and immoral.

    • Christina39

      To the men whose pictures were posted. Look up ALM and get a good attorney if he reposts the pictures. That is defamation and libel. Track him down.

  • Sebastian

    Finally, the bathrooms in Manhattan beach are now safe to use.

    • ze forte

      until the cops leave.

    • al91206

      Safe from what?? LOL – a hole in the wall? Get over it ….

  • .

    Was George Michael there as well?

  • juztees

    They all look like pig’s. Ugly reject’s. I hope they are all registered as sex offender’s and banned from ever walking a public park, or beach.

    • juztees is a prude

      Im sure your mugshot will look like Brad Pitts press photo

      • MIKE

        I can’t even get a job.That’s because that aS$hole lawyer Robert Hale from Hale and Nguyen in Brea couldn’t help me with my case. I’m a chickensh!t aS$puck that has a beef with law enforcement and everybody on the internet. I used multiple screen names like [GROW..APAIR], [wg//af], [up//yours], [Mike in San Diego], [Mike in Upland], [1stman] and [kma] so no one can track me down. I challenge people to meet me in front of the Fullerton P.D. station for my protection. I’m such a puS$y dumbf**k with nothing to say I post to myself copying sentences from everyone, especially GROWAPAIR, who knows I’m a ball sniffing loser…
        I’ll use your screen name next, puS$y d!cklips.
        Pay attention to me when I hijack screen names to show I’m a whiny puS$y dumbf**k loser. It makes my ass pucker with joy when people think I’m GROWAPAIR and my daddy’s balls like it when my ass puckers. Tell me how I can sound any more f**king stupid.

    • ze forte

      hey I resemble that remark. the only difficult part is I’d have problems going incognito in the women’s restroom…

  • Joel91201@yahoo.com

    What A shame Good job to law enforcement.. Chaces are most of these guys have already been in trouble for something similar.

  • Really?

    I wonder how many are married. So many down low men and this is the type of place they meet at.

  • Reason

    Are you all upset cause they are perhaps gay, or because they had sex in a public place. So NONE of you ever had sex in cognito in a public place?

    Sheesh when I was around 19 my girl and I were trying to get away with a little sex in all sorts of places.

    Many people do this.

    Your lives must all be pretty boring and stale.

    Im sorry you are all married with partners that have made you forget what good adventurous sex is.

    Or you are all just upset cause this was “GAY” sex.

    Im not gay myself – but it seems to me many people at some point in their lives has sex outside a bedroom.

    • Reason

      blah blah sorry for typos.

    • cage

      <So NONE of you ever had sex in cognito in a public place?

      Not in a beach bathroom that looks like something out of “Saw.” Get real.

      >>>Sheesh when I was around 19 my girl and I were trying to get away with a little sex in all sorts of places.

      If your above statement is any indication of your hygienic preferences, the Black Hole of Calcutta probably would seem like the Ritz to you.

      >>Many people do this.

      And they should be smoted, locked up and prosecuted.

      >>>Im sorry you are all married with partners that have made you forget what good adventurous sex is.

      Me too. Better than being out in your swingin’ Funhouse World, chum.

      >>>but it seems to me many people at some point in their lives has sex outside a bedroom.

      Don’t you think that this represents the far side of that slide rule.

      Grow up, child

    • bounce

      Did you even read what they are being charged with?

  • Tom

    I agree with Reason. Why the hell would they need to register as sex offenders for willingly having sex with someone over the legal age? That would mean that 90 of people in the world would be a sex offender.

    • David S

      Why use more advanced primates like Chimpanzees for medical research when we have such low end, evolutionary challenged, knuckle dragging primates like ‘Daman’ to use instead!

  • Todd D.

    Nice try Tom. First of all, It is a deviant act. Second, it is in a public place that is accessed by children. Third, it is sign of a huge disrespect for any and all law abiding citizens that believe there is a time and place for things. See Tom, you are what’s wrong with society. Accept anything and embrace every act as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. Sick, Tom, Sick!!

    • Sandy S.

      Todd, on point. Crazy society when people could justify anything goes, of course as long as it is between consenting adults. I bet half these degenerates will take it home to their unsuspecting wives.

      • Todd D.

        Thank you Sandy. The day has truly come when the voice of the people shall call good evil and evil good.

      • Reason

        haha you people are hilarious. Deviant? please define deviant. Todd – are YOU the authority on what is considered deviant? And do you not ever speed or cross a street out of a crosswalk? Cause if you did you would be disrespecting the law abiding citizens I guess.
        And who said anything about “accept anything”? Jesus you people sound like you are living in 1954.

        I would bet that MOST of my close friends have had sex in public places in their lives – and if you met me on the street I guarantee “degenerate” is not the word you would first use.

        Maybe someday you people will come off your high clouds of morality and find you weren’t really living in the real world for most of your lives.

        I got news for you – humans were having sex “where children could be” for thousands of years. Somehow humanity survived.

    • Christina39

      Accept anything and embrace every act as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. Sick, Tom, Sick!!

      wouldn’t it be a nice world if the above were actually followed by everybody including politicians.. Nice, Tom, Nice! We can only dream.

    • Carlo

      Call me crazy, but it seems like setting the bar this low for what you believe should be considered EVIL…well, THAT’S sick. I mean, I look at a picture of Hitler or Stalin, people who committed mass genocides, and I have no problems labeling them evil. Attaching EVIL to the pictures of these men is outright laughable. But that’s what you’re dong by bringing the concept of EVIL into this conversation.


    The cops should’ve lock ’em up in jail until they all lost their jobs & become real lowlifes..

    Creepy Freaks..

  • TonyLongBeach

    Relax, people. Reason and Tray’s comments make sense. Just how many of you guys tried to get some tail in the back seat of a car or behind the school auditorium on prom night? If kids or anyone else were headed your way, would you continue or do it in front of them? Likely you’d have stopped–do you really think these guys would keep it up (no pun intended) if they heard someone coming? If you were caught doing the nasty in the car, would we all really be better off if you got caught and had to register as a sex offender or something? Doubt it. I have a feeling some of you resent these men because they’re doing something you’re not: Getting action.

    Bringing it home to their wives? I’m not justifying infidelity, but just so you women know, guys have needs, and one of them is a BJ now and then. Stop being as cold as a freezer and give your husbands and boyfriends a BJ once in a while (and yes, guys, it does work both ways). They’re so frustrated, that’s why they go looking for it in a restroom or an adult book store.

    Oh, and I agree: What is the point of publishing the photographs? These guys are not a danger to anyone. They were doing it with people of legal age, and consenting. If they were not gay or bi, but straight, I doubt you’d be so upset. As if you aren’t one of the many that has gotten in a quickie with your girlfriend in a nightclub’s restroom…. Putting the photographs in is simply part of trash journalism. Bad enough the media thinks what Kim Kardashian is up to or that Lindsay Lohan is back in court is more important than things like our economy or our boys and girls getting killed overseas in wars; now I guess restroom antics will make juicy headlines (“We have the exclusive coming up at 6….”), until something better comes along, like another OJ-like trial or something.

    Well, hey, Manhattan Beach must be a safe place if the priority of the cops is patrolling restrooms. More like it offers another opportunity to make more arrests, so they can justify more money for more cops and more jails to be built, every time government cutbacks come up.

    • Gregg Sebold

      @TonyLongBeach: So the reason men seek men for “BJs in adult bookstores” is because their wives didnt put out? Did you skip science class or are you just deeply closetted. If you are interracting sexually with a man, you are gay. Accept it.

      And on behalf of all other rational gay men let me just say that glad they were arrested and shamed. They are the reason why people think I am a sex crazed animal who shouldnt be allowed to marry or adopt. REASON, theres nothing REASONable about what you are saying.

      • RJ

        I agree, Gregg. While many of us, gay or straight, are guilty of sneaking a little sex in a semi-public space, these men were repeatedly using the same location: a public restroom.

        We’re not talking about a couple hooking up in the back seat of their car on a dead end street at 2AM. We’re not talking about young adults who sneak off the trail while hiking in the middle of the woods (where privacy is pretty much guaranteed).

        We’re talking about grown men making fools of themselves because they don’t do something as simple as being discrete and respectful of others.

        I don’t care whether it was a bunch of men and women, a bunch of women, or a bunch of men. They repeatedly misused a public space and most likely turned it into a place where others didn’t feel safe, secure, or clean.

        They want outdoor sex? Earn some money, buy a house with a backyard and put up some high fences.

  • Reason

    VERY WELL SAID – TonyLongBeach – much better than I could have said it.

    When the commenters here have nothing better to worry about than getting their panties in a bunch over what humans have ALL been doing since the beginning of humans – having sex (GASP!!!!) they must all have it pretty good in their lives.

    The photos should have NEVER been posted here. Sex offender registration for someone having consensual sex with another adult – hidden in a public place? Do you people REALIZE how many people do this?

    I truly feel sorry for you people who are so bothered by this. Your sex life must be pretty frustrating to be so jealous. ;)

    • michael

      You want me to believe that hocking up with a total stranger in a public rest room is just another type of normal?

      • Christina39

        No it’s disgusting. It truly is, because men will be men. BUT YOU KNOW THAT IF THERE WERE WOMEN IN THAT RESTROOM WILLING TO DO THAT, THE PLACE WOULD STANDING ROOM ALONE AND HAVE A LONG LINE OF MEN WAITING TO GET IN. It’s women who control the moral standard.

    • Christina39

      They protect the photos of prostitutes and their johns Never releasing names but accuse the gays of bringing home diseases to their wives, what wives? It’s more likely the john brings home a disease to his wife or girlfriend and I know of this happening quite frequently, particularly herpes, but it is laughingly referred to as “even in the bible” and the oldest profession in the world and a necessary evil. But you will never see their pictures so that they can’t get gainful employment or will lose their jobs.I find having sex in a public restroom disgusiting, but i also find giving a quick BJ in the car around the corner for $20 disgusting. I am sure all the female protitutes are very discriminating LOL

  • Reason

    For all you outwardly prudish people complaining here about how wrong this is and such…claiming that you all have such pure moral lives…

    Utah has the highest subscription rates of internet porn of any state in the country.

    enough said.

    • Christina39

      Yes but that is for child porn and their pictures are NEVER EVER released, but cops hate gays so we get a picture gallery. Wish they would show a murderer or rapist sometime.

    • B

      Nope. I have a very satisfying sex life in which the only boundaries I place on myself is that 1) it must feel right for both of us and 2) IT MUST NOT VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS.

      You also need to quite throwing the Gay Victim card. This was a massively usual arrest, its news worthy. I recall the pics of a hetero couple who had been caught at it in the UAE being published too. Why? It was an unusual arrest and therefore newsworthy.

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  • Dane

    I don’t believe that having sex in public qualifies one as a “sex offender”. If it did it would dilute the meaning of that term in such a way to make it useless. I can understand that you probably don’t want to walk into a restroom and be greeted by people having sex – but to use taxpayer money to set up a sting? That tells me this was all a setup to entrap people – which frankly is ridiculous. In this time of tight budgets it appears that the MB PD has extra funds. If I were on the city council I would either lower taxes or transfer some of that money to education, parks or something else. Must be nice to have so much extra funding you can afford to spend it on setting up sting operations between consenting adults.

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  • Joe Dionne

    What’s wrong with you people> Don’t you know we are supposed to be tolerant of the gay lifestyle. Remember they were born this way it’s not their choice. I’m surprised they aren’t asking the ACLU for legal help to protect them from the persecution they are suffering. They deserve to marry one another and live their lives like any other citizen.

  • Steve

    I think everyone here has made good points, but the bottom-line here is that the beach is for public use. The beach also has laws, rules and regulations. It doesn’t matter what your personal opinion is. If you walk your dog or drink booze on the beach, you will get fined. Those are called misdemeanors. I am not a lawyer, but I take it exposing private parts and partaking in a lewd sex act in a public restroom (anywhere) is probably a felony. Manhattan Beach is an upscale city, that’s a reality. So neighborhood pressures to keep the beaches clean, safe and criminal free is probably a priority in that city. Some of you comparing your personal preferences or your own moral compass, means nothing when it comes to the law. Posting the pictures of these men, may or may not be a judgement call by the media or if its public record. At the end of the day, I will be much happier that our beaches our being protected as best as they can. The public has that right and the authorities should make it so.

    • The Mad Man

      Amen! Well put! Facts are facts!

    • Rush

      well said!

  • Alex Blaze

    Why did CBS print these people’s photos? Does CBS know if they’re out to their employers and their families? Is CBS sure that the news value of printing the pictures of a group of not-famous people outweighs the potential harm to their privacy?

    Seriously, it’s like we’re still stuck in the 50’s.

    • Rush

      don’t get caught having sex in a public restroom & you will be o.k.

      50’s moral restraint >>>>> moral filth of 2012

      the lack of moral restraint is the single biggest contributor to the downfall of this country.

      • Alex Blaze

        I think I’d have more to say in reply if it were clear that you had read the post. But thanks for stopping by.

  • freedom72

    Reading this article and some of the holier-than-thou comments feels like a time warp. Are we living in 2012 or 1962?
    I mean, I’m not defending the actions of these men but to publish their photos and full names as if they were dangerous criminals who have committed a felony is truly trash journalism on the part of CBS Los Angeles.

  • RJ

    I will agree with the others. These men should be tried and found guilty of whatever charges they were arrested under.

    CBS, however, should NOT publish their faces, names, birthdates, and town of residence. Please, CBS, take this picture down.

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