Four teenagers were arrested for allegedly having sex in the sea in full view of a large crowd of beachgoers in Cape Cod during July Fourth celebrations.
The alleged incident took place Tuesday on Mayflower Beach in Dennis, Massachusetts, a small town in central Cape Cod.
Four teens – Julianna Murphy, 19; Stephen Cerrone, 19; Lukas Kaminski, 19; and Molly Hines, 18 – were charged Wednesday with disorderly conduct, according to Cape Cod Times.
The four made efforts to shield their faces from the public after they walked out of court on Wednesday.
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According to police, Hines, Murphy (both of whom are seen in the above file photo), Stephen Cerrone, 19, and a 17-year-old juvenile engaged in sexual intercourse in full view of beachgoers in Cape Cod
Hines and Murphy are both natives of Penfield, New York, a small town just outside Rochester
Cerrone, a native of Quechee, Vermont, was named as one of the teens charged with disorderly conduct
A still from a video above shows the teens seated on the sand as they were detained by police. A large crowd of beachgoers estimated to number 300 people gathers to watch
Three of those who appeared in court on Wednesday are alleged to have taken part in the sex acts, according to Fox 25.
Kaminski was arrested because he allegedly refused police orders to vacate the area where the other teens were being detained.
A fifth teen, a 17-year-old male who had allegedly taken part in the public dalliance, was also arrested, but his status as a juvenile prevents the media from revealing his identity.
Video of the teens being arrested went viral on social media, with the person who captured the incident adding the caption: ‘Talk about fireworks!’
The judge agreed to their request to postpone their arraignments while they take part in a program for youth offenders.
The four teens are seen above during their court appearance in Dennis, Massachusetts. The four made efforts to shield their faces from the public after they walked out of court on Wednesday
Lukas Kaminski, a 19-year-old from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, was also arrested along with the four teens who allegedly fornicated in the water. Kaminski was arrested for refusing a detective’s orders to vacate the area where the teens were detained
According to the police report, a lifeguard first approached a local detective at about 1.30pm on Independence Day.
The lifeguard informed the detective that he was told that a number of people were having sex in the water.
The detective, Matthew Turner, stepped closer toward the water to follow up on the complaint.
Turner wrote in his police report that he saw four individuals ’embraced with one another’ as they swam 100 feet from shore.
Molly Hines (left), 18, and Julianna Murphy, 19, were among four teens arrested on July 4 for disorderly conduct
On Wednesday, Murphy (seen in the above photos), Hines, Cerrone, and a fourth teen who was not involved in the alleged sex act appeared in court in Massachusetts
The four were later identified as Murphy, Cerrone, Hines, and a 17-year-old boy.
‘I could not observe exactly what was going on, however both couple(s) were extremely closely embraced,’ the detective wrote in his report.
‘Each embraced couple were at a minimum kissing and stumbling about in the waves.’
Turner observed that this was taking place in front of approximately two dozen people who were watching in ‘disbelief’ on shore.
The alleged incident took place Tuesday on Mayflower Beach in Dennis, Massachusetts, a small town in central Cape Cod
Hundreds of people on the packed beach watched and cheered as the teens were taken into custody
At the same time, Turner noted there were about 30 people in the water who witnessed the event up close and were cheering on the participants.
‘This is disgusting, why is this allowed to go on here,’ one angry beachgoer was heard saying.
Turner then started to yell at the teens several times, but they did not respond.
A lifeguard then began to blow a whistle repeatedly, but to no avail, as the teens kept on ’embracing and kissing.’
It was only after a second lifeguard entered the water and swam toward them that the youths began to make their approach to shore.
Three of the alleged participants are over the age of 18 and one other alleged participant is 17 years old, according to police
Stephen Cerrone (left) and Julianna Murphy (right) are seen in the above photos
Turner said that as he was in the process of detaining the four teens, he detected a strong smell of alcohol and slurred speech from the entire group.
The teens were also resisting Turner’s efforts to haul them in.
As the detective was taking the teens into custody, a crowd of about 300 people gathered to watch.
Despite Turner’s repeated request for Hines to stay seated, she refused.
Murphy, Cerrone, Hines, and the 17-year-old boy were placed under arrest.
Kaminski, who was approaching the other teens, was arrested after he ignored officers’ instructions to leave the area.
The 17-year-old was ordered to appear in juvenile court on Monday.
His identity cannot legally be publicized.