LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Since January, nine men have been arrested for allegedly engaging in lewd conduct inside a downtown Los Angeles library, it was reported Saturday.

KNX 1070’s Megan Goldsby says the arrests were the result of a number of undercover stings at the Richard M. Riordan Central Library. The stings followed complaints of gay men engaging in sexual encounters inside the restrooms.

According to Los Angeles police Capt. Mike Oreb, the bulk of the alleged incidents involved one person masturbating while another person watched.

“We’ve seen sexual activity in other places throughout the region, parks and public bathrooms,” Oreb told the Los Angeles Downtown News. “[We’re] not sure why anyone’s decided to focus on the bathrooms at the library.”

The police captain told the publication the activity mostly occurs between noon and mid-afternoon.

As a result, police say they’ve increased the number of uniformed officers patrolling in and around men’s restrooms. Since doing so, they say they’ve received far fewer complaints.

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