According to police, a Cambridge man was caught by an on-duty firefighter watching pornography and exposing himself inside the Watertown Public Library. The man was arrested on charges of open and gross lewdness.
The man was caught after an on-duty firefighter noticed him through a window in the main fire station which abuts the library. The officer responded to the report around 6:36 p.m. on Friday after the man was seen in the conference rooms and was later located in the young adult section of the library.
Watertown Public Library director Leone Cole told reporters that, "it is the library's policy to allow patrons to access any material through the library computers that is not illegal." The Cambridge man had been using a library laptop to access pornography. Cole said that, "it was the first time that she was aware a member of the public was arrested for masturbating in the library... I hope it's an isolated incident."
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