South Carolina Cop Allegedly Caught Masturbating in Patrol Car

A member of South Carolina’s Camden Police Department recently lost his job and was charged with misconduct in office for allegedly watching pornography on his cellphone and masturbating while in his patrol car, according to multiple outlets. If found guilty of the felony offense, 41-year-old Marshall Lee Hardin II could conceivably face as many as 10 years in prison.

Hardin was arrested at Woodward Park in Camden last December after a witness claimed to see the officer pleasuring himself in his marked vehicle.

The criminal complaint indicates that he, “was watching adult pornography on his personal cell phone while rubbing his penis through his uniform pants.”

Then things allegedly got even weirder.

“After a period of time, Hardin exited his marked patrol car and pulled his penis out of his uniform pants to ‘stroke his penis two times,’” the warrant adds. “Hardin put his penis back in his pants and went into the restroom in the public park to finish ejaculating.”

The complaint also notes that the officer confessed to the actions in a “sworn written statement.”

He was apparently on duty at the time of the Dec. 13 incident.

While The Smoking Gun has indicated that the scene was initially reported by a witness, The Huffington Post reports that, “A spokesman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division told HuffPost he was unaware of how Hardin’s alleged actions came to the attention of the Camden Police Dept.”

As of this publication, the Camden Police Dept. hadn’t returned calls from The Huffington Post inquiring about the story. A local news station had also contacted the department to no avail.

Initially booked at the Kershaw County Detention Center, Hardin is currently free on bond. His case will reportedly be tried by the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office. The Camden community is located about 35 miles away from Columbia, South Carolina’s state capital.

Surprisingly enough, this isn’t the first recent incident in which an officer of the law has been caught in an awkwardly compromising position.

Last September, a 39-year-old woman allegedly witnessed San Jose police sergeant James Rainey Mason masturbating in a dark green Acura while passing the car. According to reports, Mason actually began driving alongside the woman until she began snapping photographs of the vehicle, at which point the officer sped off.

She later called police and gave them the photographs she’d taken.

“This is an unfortunate situation and we were disappointed to hear of the allegations against Sgt. Mason,” said San Jose Police Dept. spokesman Officer Albert Morales.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe submitted evidence to a judge who subsequently issued a warrant for Mason’s arrest. The officer turned himself in and was charged with misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure and committing a lewd act in public.

A Clark County School District officer in Nevada was also recently investigated after a fellow officer alleged that he caught him in a compromising situation. ABC affiliate Contact 13 reports that then-detective Mitch Maciszak appeared to be masturbating in the police office at Garside Middle School.

When an officer opened a door to the room, Maciszak reportedly jolted back, hunched over and ran into a separate room. The witness claimed that the detective’s belt was on a desk and that there was Asian pornography visible on a nearby computer.

The officer in question has actually been promoted to sergeant while under investigation.

In yet another incident, the Orlando Sun Sentinel recently reported that Lady Lake officer Kevin Thompson was forced to resign on account of reports and photographs suggesting that he had masturbated in his patrol car and sent pictures thereof to a woman he’d met on Craigslist.

In that case, the State Attorney’s Office opted not to file charges.

“The type of behavior he displayed just infuriates me,” said police Chief Chris McKinstry. “I mean, the level of disrespect for our department and our taxpayers. There’s no excuse. It’s just disgusting. I’m not the moral police. You can do whatever you want in your spare time, but we’re always up against false allegations, so to do something like this, well I’m just at a loss for words.”

Of course, it goes without saying that the vast majority of police officers conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism. And that makes it all the more shocking when a few bad apples do just the opposite.