Details Emerge About Man Who Exposed Himself Wednesday

Haverhill Police are providing additional details about events leading up to the arrest of a man for exposing himself this week, as WHAV reported Thursday.

Police credit a youngster and detective on surveillance with the arrest Wednesday of a Methuen man, accused of exposing himself while driving past walking school children in the Lawrence Street area.

Haverhill Detective Sean Scharneck was conducting surveillance in the area Wednesday morning due to a report last week from a young child that saw a man exposing himself while driving, according to Detective Captain Robert P. Pistone, Haverhill police spokesperson. Matthew Homan, 33, of Methuen, was arrested around 8 a.m. at the intersection of Lawrence and Sheridan streets. Detective Scharneck allegedly observed Homan operating a vehicle similar to a described suspect vehicle, exposing himself while driving past him and children walking to school.

“Although it is unfortunate that a child witnessed this alleged, crude, alarming behavior, the Haverhill police commend the bravery and maturity of this young victim by coming forward and reporting the initial crime last week to the Haverhill Police, which lead to the subsequent investigation and arrest of Homan by Detective Sean Scharneck,” Pistone said. “This particular case was a priority for Detective Scharneck who put in a lot of time watching the neighborhoods where kids were walking to schools in the morning. The Haverhill Police encourage parents to speak with their children to see if there may have been any other incidents similar to this that may have gone unreported.”

A Haverhill District Court judge ordered Homan held on $10,000 bail during his arraignment Wednesday on two counts of open and gross lewdness. Homan was also ordered to have no contact with anyone under 18 and stay out of Haverhill. He is due back in court July 21 for a probable cause hearing, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokesperson for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

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