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Sex researcher's son admits to public masturbation

This undated photo provided by the Huron County Sheriff shows William Howell Masters III, 60, of South Hampton, N.Y. Masters, the son of sex research pioneer Dr. William H. Masters, has been charged with exposing himself to a sheriff's deputy and another woman who were posing as recreational kayakers as part of a sting operation on a Michigan river. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says a completely nude Masters yelled for the women's attention Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, then made obscene gestures. AP Photo/Huron County Sheriff

This undated photo provided by the Huron County Sheriff shows William Howell Masters III, 60, of South Hampton, N.Y.
AP Photo/Huron County Sheriff

(AP) NEW YORK - The 60-year-old son of sex research pioneer Dr. William H. Masters has admitted masturbating in Central Park.

William H. Masters III pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor public lewdness. He was arrested in May after a New York police officer reported seeing him expose his genitals and masturbate.

Defense lawyer Irwin Rochman tells the New York Post his client has been in counseling.

Masters avoids jail time. But if the Southampton resident gets arrested again he'll face up to 90 days in jail.

Masters also is charged with exposing himself to a sheriff's deputyand another woman on a Michigan river in September. That case is pending.

Masters' father was part of the Masters and Johnson sex research team. He and Virginia Johnson conducted interviews and observed sex acts. They wrote the 1966 best-seller "Human Sexual Response."

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