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NY Subways: Chronic Issues With Wankers, Voyoeur Photogs

Okay, so it's not really news, but the New York City subways are littered with perverts and a recent rash of them should have women in the area on alert. In the last couple of weeks, there have been two reported incidents of men masturbating on the train in the presence of women. There has also been an amateur photographer plying his craft by taking upskirt shots of other riders.

Fortunately for the women, they each got a photo, or in one case, a video, of the offenders. The earliest alleged offender, Kyle Brown, 23, of Brooklyn was charged with public lewdness after he masturbated on the train in the presence of a lady with a cell phone camera, reports the Gothamist.

Brown's exhibitionism was one of two events on April 18th. There was also an unidentified as of yet man who was taking upskirt photos. The photography apparently tired him out, as he is half asleep in the photo provided to the Gothamist. The NYPD have asked for your help in locating and identifying him.

The final pervert for the day is this man, who was videotaped masturbating on a train. Warning, the video in the story contains a weirdo self-pleasuring through his clothes on the subway. Thanks to the Gothamist for their extensive coverage of the train's tumescent troubles.

Yes women are fighting back with their smartphones, but the law is also a useful tool. Upskirt photography, or any other similar violations of a woman's privacy, are covered by Stephanie's Law, which makes the crime a Class E Felony. Those convicted face incarceration of up to four years and registered sex offender status.

Public lewdness is defined as showing your private parts or committing a lewd act in public or in a private place, but with the curtains open so others can see you. It is a class B misdemeanor, which is a relative slap on the wrist compared to the upskirt charges, as it only carries a sentence of up to three months.

If you have any information on these two suspects, please notify the NYPD immediately by calling Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also go online to the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or text to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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