Lee Peters was charged with two counts of public indecency.
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

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A Gwinnett County man has been charged with two counts of public indecency after police say he was caught masturbating in public on two separate occasions.

The first alleged incident occurred on Sunday. Police were called to a Rite-Aid on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth, where an officer found Lee Peters sitting on the curb and “vigorously masturbating,” a police report said. Peters apologized to the officer and slowly pulled up his pants, the report said.

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When the officer told Peters he was under arrest, Peters complained of chest pains and shortness of breath. He was brought to Gwinnett Medical Center for evaluation.

Wednesday afternoon, police received another report of a man publicly masturbating at a Starbucks on Satellite Boulevard in Duluth. A witness told an officer at the scene that the man had been masturbating as he asked for money. The witness went inside to call 911 and the man sat on a curb and continued the act, according to the report.

The man identified himself as Lee Peters when the officer approached him. When the officer told Peters he was going to arrest him, Peters said he had severe stomach pains and requested an ambulance. Because Peters was known by police to ask to go to the hospital in order to avoid jail, the officer asked paramedics to evaluate Peters on the scene. 

Peters was medically cleared and transported to the Gwinnett County Detention Center. He is being held without bond due to charges in Forsyth County, jail records show.

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