Published DateLACONIA — A local man is being held on $10,000 cash-only bail for allegedly masturbating on the grounds of the Laconia Library Saturday morning.
Steven English, 53, of 23 Messer St. #9 was charged with one Class A misdemeanor count of indecent exposure and lewdness.
Police affidavits said they responded to a report of a man wearing a blue jacket and khaki pants and found English standing in the dirt portion of the library grounds near the Holy Trinity Church allegedly with his hand in his pants that were unbuttoned.
Responding officers said he turned his back and tried to button his pants when he saw police. He allegedly told one of the officers that he was masturbating, that he knew he shouldn't be doing it, but "that he could not control himself."
Police said one of the adult witnesses said she saw him and that when two little girls walked past him, she immediately called the police.
Another woman told police she and her 11-year-old daughter saw English with his hands down his pants and that her daughter wanted to know what he was doing.
Fourth Circuit Court Judge Jim Carroll ordered English held on cash-only bail unless he could be admitted to the State Hospital, in which case his bail would revert to personal recognizance. He ordered that English be transported securely to and from the jail to Concord.