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Pleasure Trails: 3 Men Arrested in Onanism Sting at Graham Swamp and Malacompra

| October 10, 2012

The trail around Graham Swamp inspires all sorts of behaviors. (© FlaglerLive)

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office’s wanker patrol fanned out in force Tuesday, netting three arrests in five hours at two popular county parks–Graham Swamp on Old Kings Road, and Malacompra Park in the Hammock as Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming drew a line in the sand against public self-servicing.

The sting unfolded in much the same way in all three cases. The first, at 10:46 a.m. at Graham Swamp, involved Arthur Bellany, a 59-year-old resident of Roundmill Lane in Palm Coast. He started talking with what proved to be an undercover cop. The chat turned sexual, according to his arrest report. Bellamy then “pulled his penis out of his pants and began masturbating in front of the undercover officer.” The incident occurred on the Graham Swamp trail that circles the small, water lily-covered lake there.

Next was Gary Lee Thompson Jr., 43, of West Place in Palm Coast, about two hours after the initial arrest. Same story. He began chatting with the under-cover officer, then exposed himself, and “in plain view” began pleasuring himself.

The third incident involved two under-cover detectives staked out at Malacompra Park. Just before 4 p.m., Vernal G. Arnette III, a 72-year-old resident of Palm Drive in Flagler Beach, approached both . They started chatting. The conversation turned sexual. In that case, Arnette asked the detectives to expose themselves to prove that they were not cops, according to his arrest report. “During the conversation, the defendant had his hand inside his pants, and was pleasuring himself,” the report states. He then walked into the bathroom stall at the park and exposed himself while masturbating in front of the detectives.

None of the three men appears to have had prior issues with local police.

Late last month, a 52-year-old Ormond Beach resident was arrested in Flagler Beach for walking naked on the boardwalk. He wore just a hat.

Fleming said public displays of self-affection in Flagler County will not be tolerated. “Our parks and trails are there for families and residents to enjoy. They should not expect to encounter deviant behavior when they are on a family outing,” Fleming said. “We will continue these operations for as long as it takes for the word to spread: Not in Flagler County.”

All three men arrested Tuesday posted $2,000 bond and were released. They face misdemeanor charges of “exposure of sexual organs” and “unnatural and lascivious acts.” Florida law does not specify the meaning of the word “unnatural,” leaving its definition to the eye, or the limbs, of the beholder.

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36 Responses for “Pleasure Trails: 3 Men Arrested in Onanism Sting at Graham Swamp and Malacompra”

  1. No Name ... No Slogan says:

    So uhm … where these lecherous men hitting on undercover male or female Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies?

    That is the answer that I’d like to know.




  2. Elaygee says:

    Ever hear of anyone commiting a theft, murdering someone or making meth while masturbating in public? The office they approached was a full grown adult, not a child. Why would you spend $35,000 a year to “lock them all up”? How about a nice fine and their picture in the paper and lesson learned. Stop overreacting. It makes no sense.


    • NortonSmitty says:

      To be honest, if a stranger approached me and said: “Give me your money or I’ll shoot!!”, it would be a tough choice for me with either weapon. A Glock or a….? I’ll have to think about this one.


  3. Geezer says:

    The sheriff acted on a hot tip here.
    He conducted a sweep.

    These jokers were then yanked from circulation.
    Nipped at the bud. So we can sleep.

    Self-control lacking,
    the cops sent them packing.

    When they make bail,
    they’ll get out of jail.


    • NortonSmitty says:

      Good one Geez! Looks like fun, Lemme’ try:

      There once was a man from Nantucket,
      Who’s Mom left him a house on Pawtucket,

      He’d move to Palm Coast,
      of his size he could boast,

      and he heard they had parks where…

      well you get the idea.


  4. Anonymous says:

    Palm Coast is a FREAK SHOW !!!! Perverts and criminals everywhere you go. Police and City politicians who are starting to look like nazi’s with all their “control” techniques. Camera’s on every intersection, drones flying over our houses……. Maybe one of those BIG TIME TV reporters will come down here and film what really is going on down here.


  5. Geezer says:

    Thanks Smitty!


  6. Anonymous says:

    So a full day was essentially wasted to nab 3 old men who were lured into a sexual conversation by an undercover cop. Taxpayer money hard at work I see, while real crime such as the grow houses and drug trafficking in the P and R sections goes on. Kudos sheriff, I feel much safer now knowing that youve draw a line in the sand and that your offices got a tan while staking out a park. I would like to know, if this was done with the safety of children and families, why then was it done on a school day? I didnt gather from this story that any of these men were looking for sex with minors.


  7. Fishdude says:

    I “try” to fish some of these ponds and with my children. It is downright disgusting what goes on. And yes ive reported this behavior and hats off to the FSO for taking care of it. Great job guys….


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