By Thomas Tracy and Rich Schapiro
New York Daily News
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The NYPD attributes the spike in sexual offenders — to a stepped-up campaign with the MTA urging the public to report subway sex crimes and the proliferation of smartphones making it easier to catch creeps in the act.
Reggie Frank prowls city subways in search of women.
Not to ask them on a date. Not even to rob them.
The 47-year-old Brooklyn man derives a sick pleasure from masturbating in front of females — again and again and again.
Frank is among the repeat offenders driving a steep rise in complaints about men exposing themselves underground.
The NYPD opened a total of 376 cases in 2017, a whopping 27% increase from the 296 recorded the prior year.
The complaints have been rising steadily over the past 10 years, according to police data.
Last year’s total represents a 98% jump from 2012 — and a nearly 120% increase from 2007.
Experts say the spike is likely fueled in part by a glut of serial public masturbators who have received little to no treatment.
“The urge to act out sexually is so strong that it almost becomes compulsive,” said William Ford, co-founder of Mustard Seed, a community-based organization that treats deviant sexual behavior.
“These guys are repeat offenders and they have hundreds of victims.”
NYPD officials insist that there is no sudden influx of depraved men prowling the subways.
Instead, the police attribute the spike to other factors — a stepped-up campaign with the MTA urging the public to report subway sex crimes and the proliferation of smartphones making it easier to catch creeps in the act.
Ford and other experts agree that these circumstances likely add to the surge in cases.
While the numbers may not tell the whole story, what’s clear is that the city is infected by a swath of men who can’t seem to stop pleasuring themselves in front of horrified women.