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Police accuse two of having sex in Cooper Creek Park Monday afternoon

A Columbus man and Phenix City woman were allegedly enjoying each other's company a little too much in Cooper Creek Park Monday afternoon, according to reports.

Officers say they caught Steven Watley, 24, and Chanel Russell, 30, having sex in the public park at 1:15 p.m. The two were arrested and charged with public indecency, Columbus police said.

Authorities were on patrol in the area and noticed two individuals in the backseat of a red 2008 Ford Taurus "making several various movements," according to police reports.

When officers approached the occupants, Watley opened the rear passenger door on the right side of the vehicle.

In a report, an officer said he noticed a used condom in the door handle and Russell partially undressed.

Records indicate that Watley and Russell allegedly admitted to police that they were having sexual intercourse in the park.

Police said several people, including small children, were near the suspects' parked 2008 Ford Taurus, and the automobile could have easily been seen from several areas in Cooper Creek Park.

Watley and Russell are scheduled to appear in Recorder's Court April 23 at 9 a.m., according to an offense report.

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