LAPD Investigating Surge Of Public Gay Sex At Downtown Library
The Richard M. Riordan Central Library's storied (pun intended) gay cruising hotspot reputation has captured the attention of the LAPD. Though the city's downtown library has been known to elders in the gay community as a cruising spot, a "surge" in activity in the past year has prompted a crackdown for police.
Since January, the Central Division, which patrols most of Downtown Los Angeles, has coordinated 14 undercover operations that have resulted in nine arrests for lewd conduct, said Capt. Mike Oreb.
Oreb said Central Division officers are working on the problem with civilian security officers from the LAPD’s Security Services Division. Those civilian officers are stationed at the library.
Central Division has been focused on the library issue for about six months, said Oreb. He said the situation has improved since undercover Vice officers began staking out the building. Additionally, Oreb has increased the number of uniformed officers that patrol in and around the library.
“We’ve seen sexual activity in other places throughout the region, parks and public bathrooms,” he said. “[We’re] not sure why anyone’s decided to focus on the bathrooms at the library.”
Cops say all of the recent arrests involve men only, and usually surround the act of one man masturbating while another watch.