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January 7, 2014

Tree warden arrested on obscenity, obstruction charges

WENHAM — Police say the town’s tree warden was recently arrested after he sent a sexually explicit photograph of a woman to her boyfriend.

Winslow Mulry, 45, of 39 Porter St., Wenham, has been charged with distribution of obscene matter, photographing an unsuspecting nude person and obstruction of justice. He was arraigned on Dec. 24 at Ipswich District Court and is expected to return there on Jan. 30 for a pretrial hearing, said district attorney spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan.

Mulry declined to comment for this article.

Police first learned about the incident on Dec. 20, when a woman and her boyfriend went to the station to report that the latter had begun receiving “provoking” texts from Mulry on Dec. 16, according to a Wenham police report written by officer Shane Kavanagh.

The man said Mulry had told him that he’d received calls and texts from his girlfriend, and that Mulry wanted to “talk to him about her behavior,” police wrote.

Later on Dec. 16, police say Mulry sent the man a picture of purple women’s underwear with an accompanying text: “Maybe you recognize those. She left them the second night she dropped bu [sic]. Denial is an interesting thing also. You hang in there. Thanks for your help.”

The next day, Mulry again allegedly texted the boyfriend: “I want this to be as quick and painless as possible. She didn’t stop so I’m ending it. No response from you is necessary and you won’t get one from me.” Following the text, Mulry forwarded a photograph of the woman engaged in a sexual act.

Mulry’s last text to the man read: “Try to keep your antics with her to a minimum,” police wrote.

The woman told police she had been unaware that Mulry had taken the explicit shot of her, but that she’d previously caught him secretly photographing her.

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