[Ed. – Next, the city can address the problem of the many perverts above-ground.]
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.”