A 50-year-old Seattle man is accused of masturbating in the lobby of the King County sheriff’s Registered Sex Offender Unit, where he had gone to turn in his sex-offender paperwork.

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A man who was recently released from jail after he was convicted of masturbating on two buses in downtown Seattle is now accused of performing the same act in the lobby of the King County Sheriff’s Office when he went to register as a sex offender.

Anthony Hardison, 50, was charged last week with felony indecent exposure, accused of masturbating in front of a sheriff’s employee on Aug. 12 in an incident that was captured by video-surveillance cameras, according to charging papers. He is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $145,000 bail, jail records show.

“Mr. Hardison presents a pattern of publicly exposing himself and masturbating to adult women in positions of authority,” a sheriff’s detective wrote in Hardison’s most recent case. The bus drivers and sheriff’s employee “could be perceived as holding positions of authority over Hardison,” the detective wrote.

Twice in one week in February, Hardison boarded two separate Metro Transit buses, then sat in the back row and openly fondled himself where he could be seen by two different female drivers in their rearview mirrors, court records show. In both incidents, Hardison got off the bus after being confronted by the drivers, say charging papers.

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The incidents were captured by the coaches’ onboard cameras and after a detective sent out a bulletin seeking help in identifying the suspect, four separate police officers identified Hardison as the man in the videos, say the charges filed in February. He was charged with two counts of felony indecent exposure with sexual motivation.

Hardison was sentenced to six months in jail on Aug. 5, but received credit for time served and was released, say the charges filed in his most recent case. He has at least three prior convictions for gross misdemeanor indecent exposure since 2013, court records show.

Hardison, a Level 3 sex offender, is also facing a third-degree assault charge for allegedly spitting in a female bus driver’s face in Ballard in February, court records show.

Just after 9 a.m. on Aug. 12, Hardison went to the second floor of the King County Administration Building on Fourth Avenue in Seattle to turn in documents to the sheriff’s Registered Sex Offender Unit, which has a staffed service-window in the public lobby, charging papers say.

A female employee witnessed Hardison expose himself and masturbate, the charges say.

The employee identified Hardison through the documents he had turned in to her, say the charges. She also was able to identify him in security video footage, they say.

He left after turning in his sex-offender paperwork.

The next day, he was arrested and booked into the King County Jail after a Seattle police officer spotted him allegedly dealing crack cocaine in Pioneer Square, say charges in the felony drug case.