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RACINE — A Racine man has been forbidden from “all the libraries on the face of the earth” after his alleged lewd and lascivious behavior in the Racine library.

Tyree S. Carter, 20, was in court Thursday for charges of lewd and lascivious behavior and disorderly conduct after he was reportedly caught openly masturbating in the Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh St.

An officer was dispatched to the library at 10:36 a.m. Wednesday for a report of Carter’s behavior. The employee who reported the behavior said Carter was on the second floor and was “standing in the open, not trying to conceal the act,” according to his criminal complaint.

When police arrived Carter was seated reading a book at a table and the officer asked Carter if he knew why police were called. He said he had no idea, the complaint said. But when the officer explained, Carter allegedly apologized and said it was his first time doing it in public, according to the criminal complaint.

Carter, who had been staying at the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization of Racine, was transported to the Racine County Jail Wednesday, and Thursday his signature bond was set at $1,000. 

As of Thursday evening, Carter was no longer in Racine County Jail, according to automated records.

If convicted, he could face up to $11,000 in fines and a year of imprisonment.

As a condition of Carter’s bond, he was told to “stay out of all the libraries on the face of the earth,” according to court records.

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