A judge in Sweden acquitted a 65-year-old man who openly masturbated on a beach in Stockholm because he was not "pleasuring himself towards a specific person".
Swedish news website The Local reported that as the man was not targeting his sexual act toward anyone in particular it could therefore not be an offence.
The man was charged with sexual assault on June 6 after he removed his shorts on Drewiken beach and began masturbating close to the water.
Public Prosecutor Olof Vrethammar told local media that there were no plans to appeal the ruling. "For this to be a criminal offence it's required that the sexual molestation was directed towards one or more people. I think the court's judgement is reasonable," he said.
The prosecutor also confirmed that it would now be "okay" to masturbate in public, provided the act does not specifically target another individual.
"The district court has made a judgement on this case," he said.
"With that we can conclude that it is okay to masturbate on the beach [however] the act may be considered to be disorderly conduct."
Source: The Local
Author: Nicholas McCallum, Approving editor: Nick Pearson