Image from video showing Elite Services guard at Chargers-Raiders game. Photo via Twitter
Image from video showing Elite Services guard at Chargers-Raiders game. Photo via Twitter

Police opened an investigation Tuesday into a public display of apparent lewd behavior on the part of a security guard at last weekend’s Chargers-Raiders game at Qualcomm Stadium.

Video posted on a social media site appears to show the guard with a hand in one of his pants pockets, seemingly masturbating underneath his uniform on the sideline as cheerleaders performed nearby during the NFL game Sunday afternoon.

The San Diego Police Department has been made “aware of this incident, and we are investigating the situation,” said SDPD public-affairs Lt. Scott Wahl. It was not immediately clear if criminal charges might result.

The guard has been fired, according to the Mission Valley-based security firm Elite Show Services, which stated that privacy laws prevented it from releasing his name.

In a statement, the company’s apologized to “anyone who was offended by this isolated incident.”

“Elite has confirmed that this guard did in fact pass all state and federal background screening processes and successfully completed all of the licensing requirements,” the statement reads. “There was nothing in the screening process that would indicate that this type of conduct was foreseeable.”

The company added that it “has been providing staffing at Qualcomm Stadium for over 20 years and has never experienced this type of incident involving any of its employees.”

The Chargers, for their part, released a statement asserting that the football franchise’s management was “aware of the disturbing actions of an Elite security staff member at Sunday’s game.”

“We apologize to any fans who may have witnessed the incident,” the team said.

— City News Service