A Hunter woman warns parents not to let their children use toilets at Maitland Park alone after her friend walked in on two people engaged in a sexual act in the men’s toilets.
Jannell Storr said her friend entered the toilet block about 10am on Monday and saw two men in a cubicle together engaged in a lewd act.
Ms Storr said she was concerned that children using the nearby playground or swimming pool could enter the toilet block and see something that was inappropriate.
“Any kid that walks in on that [a public sexual act], it’s going to scar them for life,” she said.
“My kids have grown up, but I have a grandson and I take him [to the playground] all the time.
“It just horrifies me to think that some innocent kid is going to walk into those toilets and see something they shouldn’t.”
Council planning, environment and lifestyle executive manager Bernie Mortomore said council would continue to work with police to minimise this type of behaviour at community facilities.
“Once made aware of this particular incident, council made contact with the police and reported it,” he said.
“Council encourages the public to continue to report this type of behaviour to both the police and council.”
Central Hunter crime manager Detective Inspector John Zdrilic said there had not been an increase in reports of public sexual activity at the park.
He said people should call police if they saw lewd acts being committed in public.
A Maitland father said he was sickened to find a man partially undressed inside public toilets at the Bolwarra Heights lookout about 12 months ago.
The man, who requested that his name be withheld, took his five-year-old daughter into the male toilets to use the facility when he saw a man standing by the door with his pants down.
“It’s pretty bloody disturbing,” he said.
“As soon as that happened he was out of there and so were we.”
Nearby residents, who frequent the lookout with their children, have also discovered used condoms at the place often referred to as Maitland’s Lovers’ Lane.