Man Gets Arrested For Masturbating During Half-Marathon

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A file photo of runners in a race.
A file photo of runners in a race.

A man watching a half-marathon in Emerson, New Jersey, on Sunday allegedly dropped his pajama pants and began masturbating.

Dozens of runners witnessedthe act, the Daily Voice reported, leading police to arrest 55-year-old Thomas Pantuso afterward on a street corner.

“There were several people who saw him, so there are several witness accounts,” Emerson Police Capt. Michael McDermott told the newspaper.

Pantuso was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Hundreds competed in the 13.1-mile event, known traditionally as the Run the Reservoir, with proceeds benefiting pediatric cancer research.

Runner’s World noted that the alleged offense appears to have occurredabout a mileinto the race, meaning that the runners had about a dozen miles to go after witnessing the incident.

HuffPost has reached out to Emerson police for an update. 

It seems runners elsewhere have had to contend withsimilarbehaviorbefore.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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