Man masturbates in front of young girl in backyard: Police

Richard Mazzie is accused of masturbating in front of a 4-year-old girl in West Palm Beach. (PBSO)

A man is accused of masturbating in front of a 4-year-old girl in the backyard of a home, according to West Palm Beach Police.

Richard Mazzie, 57, is facing a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior.

According to West Palm Beach Police, the girl's stepfather saw Mazzie with his pants around his ankles, playing with his genitals and speaking to the little girl. Police said the stepfather yelled and threw a rake at the suspect. The man pulled up his pants and ran off. A witness told police he saw a heavy-set man in the backyard of the home pulling up and buttoning his shorts.

Police questioned Mazzie after his arrest. He told officers that he dropped his pants and boxers to see if he needed to go the bathroom with his back to the little girl. He then said he turned around and touched himself to check again to see whether he needed to go to the bathroom. He told police, "It happened the way before, the way you said it did." He added, "I may have done that years ago, but not today."

Mazzie remains at the Palm Beach County Jail without bond. He's due back in court on Tuesday morning.

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