Las Vegas Gym Teacher Arrested For Lewd Conduct

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File photo of a jail. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a jail. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say a Las Vegas gym teacher arrested Friday for public masturbation faced similar charges in 2007.

A police report made public Tuesday claims 35-year-old Timothy Lawson left campus during school hours several times to masturbate in public places.

Lawson is a physical education teacher and wrestling coach at Cimarron Memorial High School in Las Vegas.

Police were able to identify him after one of his former students saw him touching himself on a public street. In some cases, Lawson completely undressed before touching himself.

Lawson was arrested for similar conduct in Las Vegas in 2007. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges and claimed he had been blacked out or drugged during those incidents.

Clark County school officials did not immediately comment on his arrest.

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