A Cookeville man, who is on the state's sex offender registry for a rape conviction out of New York, has been arrested after allegedly masturbating while watching a young girl who lives across the street from him on Franklin Avenue. Cookeville police say they were notified by two witnesses who reported that they saw 45-year-old Alfred Author Bailey standing outside his home in sweatpants, apparently fondling himself underneath the jogging pants he was wearing. Because they knew he was on the sex offender list, the witnesses notified police who began an investigation. Officer Cary Matheney says he took statements from the witnesses, and then consulted with Assistant District Attorney Beth Willis before it was decided to take out warrants charging Bailey with indecent exposure. Police say those jogging pants were taken as evidence in the case.