A Republican candidate who is running for an Arizona college district's governing board was arrested for masturbating close to a school in early October, but he could still go on to win his election, according to reports.

Randy Kaufman, the Republican candidate for the Maricopa County Community College District governing board, was arrested and charged with public sexual indecency after police said he was masturbating less than 200 feet away from a preschool.

He was arrested after he was confronted by a campus police officer on October 4 around 4:40 p.m, according to the police report.

Randy Gene Kaufman, who is reportedly running for a seat on the Maricopa County Community College District Governing BoardYoutube

The police report detailed that the officer was in full police uniform in a police vehicle conducting routine patrol at Rio Salado College at 12535 Smokey Drive in Surprise Arizona when he stumbled upon Kaufman.

"As I approached the Ford from the front passenger door side, from approximately six feet away, I observed an adult male, identified in this report as AP1 Randy Gene Kaufman sitting in the front driver's seat," the report said.

"AP1 was wearing a green t-shirt and jeans. AP1 appeared to be looking at a cell phone in one hand. I immediately became alarmed as I saw AP1 had his pants down mid-high and was exposed showing his fully erect nude penis.

"AP1 was manipulating his genitals in a masturbatory manor. AP1 was engrossed in his activity and did not see me at the passenger side door. I was further alarmed as I saw a subject on a bicycle pedaling east approximately 8 feet by AP1's driver's side."

When confronted by police, Kaufman said he was watching pornography on his phone but that this was not something that he normally does, the report said.

He added that he did not notice the child center until he was confronted by the police and said he was aware he "f*ck*d up" and now realized he should not be doing this in public. He said he was stressed and had a lot of things going on, still according to the report.

Despite having been being charged, the Maricopa County Recorder's and Elections Department said it was too late for his name to be removed from the ballot, according to a CBS 3 report.

In addition, some voters have already cast their ballots and would not be able to change their votes if they so wished.

On Tuesday afternoon, Kaufman sent a statement to theazcentral news sitesaying he would suspend his campaign. However, as of Tuesday night, the Maricopa County Recorder and Elections Department office had not officially submitted a withdrawal.

"Today, I am announcing that I am suspending my campaign for Maricopa County Community College District. A personal legal matter has recently arisen, and I need to step out of the race to focus on personal affairs," the statement said.

" I am sincerely grateful for the supporters and friends I have gathered throughout the campaign. I will never stop fighting to protect the United States Consitution and the values that make America the greatest county in the world."

The Republican Party of Arizona released the following statement, according to an ABC 15 Arizona report.

"Every American citizen has the right to fair treatment throughout the judicial system.

"The Republican Party of Arizona respects due process and the Constitution. We support Mr. Kaufman's decision to suspend his campaign."

Newsweek has contacted the Maricopa Community Colleges Police Department, Arizona GOP and Arizona Democratic Party for comment.