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GOP candidate Randy Kaufma caught masturbating near preschool

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A Republican candidate for a seat on the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board was caught masturbating across the street from an Arizona preschool.

He may face felony charges.

Kaufman was seen masturbating in his pickup truck in the parking lot of the community college district’s Rio Salado Lifelong Learning Center in Surprise, according to a police report by the Maricopa County Community College Police.

“(Kaufman) appeared to be looking at a cell phone in one hand. I immediately became alarmed as I saw (he) had his pants down mid-thigh…” the police report says.

According to the arresting officer, he saw a bicyclist only eight feet away and preschool children playing outside at a nearby childcare center.

Kaufman told the officer: “I f—ed up. I’m really stressed.”

Kaufman said he hadn’t noticed the officer until he walked up to the driver’s side door and admitted he was masturbating while watching pornography on his phone.

“Why would you do that here?” the officer asked according to the report. “I saw a guy on a bike pass by you. If I could see you, don’t you think other people could? Cars were passing by you in the lot.”

Kaufman told the officer masturbating in public wasn’t something he normally did. The officer asked Kaufman to look around and describe the nearby area, to which Kaufman said he noticed the child care center but only after the officer had confronted him, the report states.

“Don’t you see how alarming that is?” the officer said. “That there are children nearby, people passing on bikes and in cars where they can look and see what you are doing?”

Kaufman repeated that he had “f—ked up” and said he lived in Buckeye but drove to the area to buy rebar. The police report says Kaufman told the officer he knew masturbating in public was a crime. He told the officer he was retired after working for the Arizona Department of Corrections for 27 years.

The police report states that, after asking if he could go “off-the-record,” Kaufman told the officer he knew another Maricopa County Community College District police officer named Jim Hill. He also mentioned that he was a candidate for the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board.

The police report says the officer notified his supervisor about Kaufman’s statements that he was a candidate for the governing board and knew another officer in the department. Kaufman was arrested on suspicion of public sexual indecency.

Jennifer Liewer, a spokesperson for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, said the office hadn’t received a submittal from the officer yet and that prosecutors would need time to review the case before making a charging decision.

Kaufman said Tuesday he was suspending his campaign for the governing board due to a “personal legal matter.”

“A personal legal matter has recently arisen, and I need to step out of the race to focus on personal affairs. I am sincerely grateful for the supporters and friends I have gathered throughout the campaign. I will never stop fighting to protect the United States Constitution and the values that make America the greatest country in the world.”

The Republican Party of Arizona also released a statement supporting Kaufman’s decision to suspend his campaign:

“Every American citizen has the right to fair treatment throughout the judicial system. The Republican Party of Arizona respects due process and the Constitution. We support Mr. Kaufman’s decision to suspend his campaign.”

Jim Hill, president of the Maricopa County Colleges Police Officers Association, told The Republic that the police union had rescinded its endorsement of Kaufman.

State Rep. Kelli Butler, a Democrat running against Kaufman for the governing board seat, tweeted a written statement:

“The nature of the charges against Mr. Kaufman is extremely troubling and I hope all facts about this incident will be known soon and that justice is served,” Butler said. “According to the report, this incident occurred within feet of an occupied pre-school, and Mr. Kaufman acknowledged guilt and tried to leverage his candidacy. Needless to say that’s unacceptable.”

Butler continued that it was critical for voters to be aware of the incident before casting their ballots.

Kaufman is a first-time candidate and Trump supporter. On his Facebook page, he promotes the lie that the 2020 election was stolen. 

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