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July 9, 2014

Adam Morrissey faces third lewdness charge after Walgreens incident

Morrissey was on probation in two earlier incidents

SALEM — A Salem man, already on probation for exposing himself twice on the T, has been charged once again with open and gross lewdness after an incident in a Salem drugstore Tuesday night.

Adam Morrissey, 19, was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail — more than six times the amount requested by a police prosecutor. Even if he makes that bail, he won’t be released, however, because he’s been skipping his court-mandated sex offender treatment sessions, a probation officer reported.

Salem police were called to Walgreens on Boston Street around 9:30 p.m. to take a report from a cashier who said she realized someone was standing behind her as she stood at a register. When she turned around to look, she saw a man fondling his genitals, she told police.

While she didn’t recognize him, a co-worker did, recalling his image in a media report about an incident on an MBTA train in January, Salem police Lt. Conrad Prosniewski said.

In that case, Morrissey was on a commuter rail train he had boarded in Gloucester when he engaged in lewd behavior in front of a 15-year-old girl. He had been arrested in October for engaging in similar behavior on a commuter rail train in the presence of a 28-year-old woman.

Morrissey later pleaded guilty and was released with conditions that included sex offender treatment. But a probation officer reported Wednesday that Morrissey missed two sessions in May and at least one other session this month.

“Probation feels he is a threat to the community,” probation officer Ellen Winschel told Judge Matthew Machera.

When police went to Morrissey’s home at 64 Palmer St., about a mile and a half from the store, he admitted that he was in the store but claimed he’d gone there to use the bathroom and forgot to zip his pants, police said.

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