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Local Man Suspected of Beach Bathroom Sex

Santa Monica resident Isauro Benavides and 17 others were arrested in an undercover operation that found men were having sex in public restroom in Manhattan Beach.

A 41-year-old Santa Monica man has been arrested in an undercover sting at a Manhattan Beach public restroom where more than a dozen were reportedly having sex.

In total, there were 18 men arrested on suspicion of any of the following charges: soliciting/engaging in lewd conduct in public place; loitering in/around public toilet for the purpose of engaging/soliciting lewd/unlawful act; utilizing a peephole in a restroom/invasion of privacy; resisting arrest and indecent exposure.

It was not immediately clear what charges the Santa Monica man, Isauro Benavides, Jr., is facing.

The investigation was prompted by lifeguards who told the police department that they had seen increased foot traffic near the restroom on the beach at Marine Avenue.

The same people were returning, some of the bathroom visits were taking more than an hour, and more than one set of feet could be seen in the stalls, according to Stephanie Martin, public information officer for the Manhattan Beach Police Department

Manhattan police began their undercover operation in early March.

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Matt Peterson April 05, 2012 at 05:09 AM
You should reconsider your career. There's no money or security in a rag like this. Which isn't to say there's no value. But it's truly only worth it if you tackle stories from interesting angles. What you've done here is further expose a potentially closeted sad sack already publicly and callously shamed by the MBPD for committing a victimless crime likely spurred by entrapment-style police work. This is beyond hackery, Jenna. Unilluminating and pointless.
chano April 15, 2012 at 07:51 AM
The dude doesn't even live in santa monica
The Lion June 01, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Regardless of being gay or not , a lewd act is a crime , so if someone have the urgency and don't care to it anywhere why are they risking to get their name published i live in samo and would like to know if my neighbor can be a show threat to my kids
Bob Bobbert June 07, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Gay, not gay, whatever. The bottom line is that this is a PUBLIC restroom frequented by children, I'm sure. Would you want your kids exposed to that?
Jane Bellomy June 07, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Absolutely NOT!!!

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