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Police Investigate Porn Video Filming Inside Public Library
By Jorge Casuso
February 18, 2020 -- Santa Monica police have launched a criminal investigation into the filming of a porn video inside the public library in Ocean Park that has made international headlines, officials said Tuesday.
Investigators working with the City Attorneys office could press charges for lewd conduct, filming without a permit and operating without a City business license, all misdemeanor charges, police officials said.
"We'll gather all the facts and present evidence to the City Attorney's Office," said Lt. Joseph Cortez, the Police Department spokesperson.
The video was posted on PornHub, which pays per click, and was removed after an outcry by a local resident on social media.
It reportedly shows a 19-year old adult entertainer exposing herself in front of John Muir Elementary before walking down Ocean Park streets and entering the century old classical revival building.
There she removes her clothes and performs sex acts with a man whose face is blocked, according to reports.
“God forbid, a child walked in the library and walked right in on the middle of it," Janet McLaughlin told KCBS, which broke the story.
City officials said library staff was not aware the incident took place.
"This video is deeply disturbing," said Constance Farrell, the City's spokesperson. "Lewd acts in the public library are a violation of library rules and against the law.
School District spokesperson Gail Pinsker said the filming in front of Muir took place after school hours and outside school grounds.
"This has nothing to do with us," she said. "We can't control what goes on in public spaces."
Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity can call Santa Monica Police Department's 24-hour anonymous tip line at (310) 458-8449 or WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.
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