, Salem, MA

October 17, 2013

Beverly man charged with lewd acts on train


---- — BEVERLY — A Salem man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he masturbated in front of a woman riding an MBTA commuter rail train Saturday evening — then accused the woman of being “crazy” when she screamed.

Adam Morrissey, 19, of 64 Palmer St., was arraigned on charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and disorderly conduct on a public conveyance during an appearance in Salem District Court yesterday, where he was released on personal recognizance.

According to a police report, Beverly officers were called to the Beverly train depot just after 8 p.m. and found a commuter rail train stopped at the station.

A conductor pointed out Morrissey, who was handcuffed.

The woman, 29 and from Salem, said she was riding the train when she saw the man sit down directly across from her on a mostly-empty car. Just as they passed the Montserrat train stop, she said, she noticed the man stroking his exposed genitals and screamed.

When other passengers turned, Morrissey allegedly yelled that the woman was “crazy,” but other passengers allegedly saw what the woman had seen and corroborated her account to police.

Morrissey, described in court papers as a student, is due back in court on Nov. 13.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.