Cape Cod Sex on the Beach Reported on the Fourth of July

Four teenagers were arrested for "acting inappropriately" in the water.

In an apparent case of sex on the beach, four teenagers were arrested on the Fourth of July on Cape Cod for “acting inappropriately” in the water Tuesday.

Police in Dennis tell the Cape Cod Times that the group, who range in age from 17 to 19, had to be removed from the ocean after spectators clustered near the shoreline at Mayflower Beach attracted the attention of a patrol officer riding an ATV.  “A large crowd had gathered on the shore watching the individuals and several people expressed their concerns/alarm about what they were observing in the water,” Dennis Police Lt. Peter Benson tells the Times.

Video surfaced Tuesday of a group of beachgoers standing in an enormous circle around what appears to be four young people surrounded by police on the sand. They are, for reasons that are not entirely clear, chanting “USA.”

Three of the suspects are due to be arraigned in Orleans District Court Wednesday. The 17-year-old will be in court later. A friend of the teenagers, who is 19, was also arrested for disorderly conduct.

Police say they believe the teenagers—and we’re just going to assume, many of the chanting bystanders—had been drinking.