EVERETT, MASS. (WHDH) - A local Uber driver was charged with open and gross lewdness after police said he exposed himself to women.
Paul Griffin, of Malden, was held without bail following his arraignment Monday. The 28-year-old did not show his face in court as he pleaded not guilty.
Police said Griffin was driving around in his car with his pants down Sunday and exposed himself to women near Glendale Park in Everett. Earlier in the summer, he allegedly did the same thing in Malden.
One woman in Everett allegedly took pictures of Griffin’s car and got his license plate number before calling police. After a brief chase, Griffin was arrested.
Prosecutors said Griffin admitted to police he has a problem. He is being held without bail in connection with a similar case from Boston last year. If he is released on that case, he will be held on $10,000 bail.
Uber said while Griffin was not driving a fare at the time of the alleged incidents, he was immediately suspended and banned from Uber. Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria sent a letter to the CEO of Uber, saying he wants answers about the company’s process for screening drivers.
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