Man allegedly caught masturbating in Schlow library stairwell

Charges against a State College man are pending after he was reportedly caught publicly pleasuring himself in Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College police said.

The alleged incident occurred around 1 p.m. Friday, when a staff member saw the 68-year-old masturbating in a stairwell, police said. The staff member called police, but the man left before officers arrived. Library employees knew the individual and were able to identify him, according to police.

The man will be charged with open lewdness, police said. Police said his identity could not be released until charges are formally filed.