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Man Accused of Lewd Act in Sauna, Again

(Updated at 1:55 p.m. on 12/23/21) For the second time in as many months, an Arlington man has been arrested for allegedly masturbating in the sauna of a local health club.

Police were at the LA Fitness club on the 3500 block of S. Clark Street in Crystal City Thursday morning, investigating a separate incident, when a gym user approached officers to tell them about a man he saw masturbating in the public sauna, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

Police subsequently arrested 65-year-old Morris [Redacted]. Officers didn’t actually witness the act and [Redacted], the owner of a local hair salon, claimed that he was grooming himself, not pleasuring himself, according to police.

[Redacted] was charged with indecent exposure and released on an unsecured bond. The Arlington resident was also arrested in late December and accused of masturbating in the same sauna.

The gym had not yet revoked his membership because they were awaiting a verdict in [Redacted’s] original case, Sternbeck said.

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