Sheriff investigating claim of man masturbating at Spokane library

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Posted on July 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 2:32 AM

SPOKANE VALLEY-- A Spokane Valley mom says she saw a man watching pornography and masturbating at a Spokane library Monday.

Watching pornography is not illegal at the public library. However, if you're acting inappropriately while viewing adult content, you can be asked to leave. It is not clear if the man in question crossed that line.

Tiffani Adamson was at the Argonne Library branch Monday with her kids and she says she was disturbed by what she saw. "I was a little shocked and I had to do a double take and sure enough he was and I was a little disgusted by it."

A man in his 30s was watching porn on a library computer. Adamson says she saw him masturbating at the same time.

Adamson complained to staff and they gave the man a note. "I didn't even point him out to her so she obviously must of known, he must have been a regular."

Library staff says they believe he didn't do anything illegal, so they can only pass along her concerns.  The staff also said the woman never mentioned masturbation in her initial complaint, only that the man was watching porn.   If the man was in fact masturbating staff would have taken further steps.  The staff said they found out about the masturbation claim when the woman's husband called the library the following day after the incident.

Adamson did report the incident to crime check and the Spokane Valley Sheriff's Office says they are investigating the case.

 

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