BY JULIE MANGANIS
---- — SALEM — A Salem State University student has been charged with open and gross lewdness after allegedly standing on the porch of a woman’s Fairview Avenue home and looking in her window as he fondled himself Tuesday, police said.
Cato LaCroix, 20, of 107 Linden St., Salem, pleaded not guilty to the charge at his arraignment yesterday in Salem District Court.
Police prosecutor Lt. Conrad Prosniewski did not request cash bail for the student but did ask Judge Stephen Abany to order that he stay away from the woman and her home while the case is pending.
LaCroix was also ordered to continue with the counseling he has been receiving.
According to a police report, the woman was home when she noticed someone on her porch. When she looked, she saw a “baby-faced” young man wearing a brown jacket and engaging in a lewd act.
She called police, who found a brown jacket discarded nearby, with a cellphone and keys still in the pockets. They then caught up with LaCroix.
LaCroix is due back in court on March 27.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.