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February 18, 2020 -- Santa Monica police have launched a criminal investigation into the filming of a porn video inside the public library in Ocean Park that has made international headlines, officials said Tuesday.

Investigators working with the City Attorneys office could press charges for lewd conduct, filming without a permit and operating without a City business license, all misdemeanor charges, police officials said.

"We'll gather all the facts and present evidence to the City Attorney's Office," said Lt. Joseph Cortez, the Police Department spokesperson.

"The City Attorney will determine the proper course of action," he said.

The video was posted on PornHub, which pays per click, and was removed after an outcry by a local resident on social media.

It reportedly shows a 19-year old adult entertainer exposing herself in front of John Muir Elementary before walking down Ocean Park streets and entering the century old classical revival building.

There she removes her clothes and performs sex acts with a man whose face is blocked, according to reports.

“God forbid, a child walked in the library and walked right in on the middle of it," Janet McLaughlin told KCBS, which broke the story.

"That’s my biggest concern,” she said. “Children don’t need to be exposed to this. If you want to do porn, stick to the hotels.”

City officials said library staff was not aware the incident took place.

"This video is deeply disturbing," said Constance Farrell, the City's spokesperson. "Lewd acts in the public library are a violation of library rules and against the law.

"Staff did not have knowledge of the incident when it took place," she said. "The Santa Monica Police Department is investigating."

School District spokesperson Gail Pinsker said the filming took place after school hours outside school grounds.

"This has nothing to do with us," she said. "We can't control what goes on in public spaces."

Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity can call Santa Monica Police Department's 24-hour anonymous tip line at (310) 458-8449 or WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.

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