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2/1/24

A wanted suspect accused of pleasuring himself inside the Iowa City Public Library is back in custody…and he’s been charged for a second public masturbation incident.

55-year-old Michael Beard of West Branch was booked into the Johnson County Jail just before 4:45 Wednesday afternoon.  Iowa City Police say Beaver entered the library last April, placed a jacket over his genitals, and viewed pornographic videos for approximately four hours while masturbating under the jacket.

Court records indicate Beaver skipped a case management conference in the case last summer.

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Beaver has now also been charged for a May 24th incident on the Ped Mall. Police say he was sitting on a bench just outside the library around 9:00 that morning when he began watching pornographic videos on a mobile device. Witnesses say Beard was reaching under his coat…which he had placed over his lap…and quickly moving his hand up-and-down. Those watching from inside the library through a window say they recognized him from the previous masturbation incident.

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Beard now faces two charges of Indecent Exposure. If convicted on both counts, he faces a maximum of two years in jail.


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