Sex Offender Arrested for Allegedly Masturbating in Children’s Section of OC Barnes & Noble

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A registered sex offender suspected of masturbating in the children’s book section of a Barnes & Noble at a Huntington Beach mall has been arrested by police, who are seeking other witnesses and victims in possible similar incidents.

Bradley Meenahan is shown in a booking photo distributed by Huntington Beach police on March 2, 2016.

Bradley Meenahan is shown in a booking photo distributed by Huntington Beach police on March 2, 2016.

Huntington Beach Police Department announced the arrest of Bradley Meenahan, a 51-year-old transient, on Wednesday.

An investigation identified him as a man who entered a Barnes & Noble book store at Bella Terra mall about 9 p.m. Feb. 23, when he was observed masturbating on the second floor, in the children’s section, a Police Department Facebook post stated.

He ignored a witness who confronted him, but left after a confrontation with a store manager.

Police responded but could not locate the man.

“Evidence was collected at the scene,” police said.

Witness statements and evidence led detectives to suspect Meenahan, a registered sex offender with multiple previous felony convictions, police said.

He was arrested Feb. 25, two days after the incident, at a home in Dana Point, police said. He was being held on $100,000 bail and was due in court March 8, inmate records showed.

Huntington Beach police provided these images of  a man who masturbated in a Barnes & Noble on Feb. 23, 2016.

Huntington Beach police provided these images of a man who masturbated in a Barnes & Noble on Feb. 23, 2016.

He told police he had committed similar crimes more than 20 times a “random locations” in Southern California over the past month, the police Facebook post stated.

Meenahan had two convictions for indecent exposure and one for assault with intent to commit a sex offense, according to the California Megan’s Law website.

Meenahan told police he had been living out of his van in the Venice Beach area.

Anyone who may have been a victim or witness who saw him was asked to call Huntington Beach police at 714-375-5066. Anonymous tipsters may call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.

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