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Milford police looking for man caught pleasuring himself at Walmart

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Milford police are looking for this man. If you know who he is, call PD right away. Milford police are looking for this man. If you know who he is, call PD right away.

Milford police are looking for a man that was spotted masturbating inside a Walmart located on the Boston Post Road on Monday.

Police said two girls, aged 17 and 18 years old, were inside the store when they saw a man expose himself and then begin masturbating around 2 p.m.

After being spotted, the man ran for the exits and fled in a dark-colored SUV.

The man was described as white, heavyset and was between 40 and 50 years old. He was wearing a brown jacket, gray T-shirt and jeans.

Police have obtained video of the man walking back and forth in the store's aisles.

Once arrested, the man will likely face criminal charges.

"Generally, it's the shock - that's what's arousing for them," said the Director at Creative Healing Services Sarah Kuchta. "The repulsion of others - that's what's exciting for them."

According to mental health experts, behavior such as this is most common in white males between the ages of 18 and 50. With many cases occurring with men who are married.

"A lot of people with this issue don't think they need therapy or help," Kuchta said. "It's widely underreported and under diagnosed, so I'd suggest getting help treating this and coping with these urges."

Clinician Nancy Rhoda said there are several possibilities for this type of behavior, including too much testosterone and traumatic brain injury.

"Abuse or trauma they may have had in their life at some point, generally stemming around childhood but it could be more than that," she told Eyewitness News.

On Friday, customers at the Walmart were upset to learn the news.

"It's disgusting," said Bob Robertson. "I think people like that should be locked up."

But, he was not alone in his disgust.

"That's horrible. I think that's repulsive" said Suzanne Light of Woodbridge. "I'd be very upset if that was myself or one of my children."

According to mental health experts, victims of these types of acts may also need treatment.

"Witnessing someone performing such acts can be anxiety provoking and can cause post traumatic stress," said art therapist Caitlin Iannucci

Eyewitness News contacted Walmart officials, who said this type of behavior is not acceptable to them or their customers.

Walmart officials added that they appreciate the prompt police response and are assisting in the investigation.

"Hopefully someone comes forward or he turns himself in," said shopper Carina Tores.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 203-783-4731.

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