April 22, 2018
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Springfield man accused of exposing himself in libraries in two states

Tyler Grace
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Springfield man who was charged with indecent conduct after he allegedly exposed himself in Lincoln in February now faces charges for a similar incident in Massachusetts.

Tyler Grace, 29, is being held at Penobscot County Jail pending an arraignment at Lincoln District Court scheduled for May 17, Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy confirmed Wednesday.

Grace also is the subject of a fugitive hold at the request of police from Brookline, Mass., a jail official said. It was not clear Wednesday when he will be extradited to Massachusetts to face charges there.

Grace was summoned on the Lincoln charge on Feb. 2 after he reportedly exposed himself at Lincoln Memorial Library, Almy said. The details of what led to that charge were not immediately available Wednesday afternoon.

After Grace did not show up for a court appearance in Lincoln District Court on March 22, the court issued an arrest warrant for failure to appear, Almy said.

Grace was arrested on May 2 on the warrant by the Maine State Police’s Troop B Barracks in Gray. He initially was taken to Kennebec County jail, and on May 4 he was taken to Penobscot County Jail.

In the meantime, Brookline, Mass., police received a report that an unknown man had engaged in what they described as an indecent assault on April 30 at the Brookline Public Library, Lt. Philip Harrington of the Brookline Police Department said in an interview this week.

In an effort to locate the suspect, Brookline police issued an alert and an image from the library’s security system to area media outlets.

The image, along with the details of the April 30 assault, were posted on the Mass Most Wanted website, a joint effort of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council and the Mass Bankers Association.

Though Harrington did not provide the details of the Brookline library incident, they were posted on the Mass Most Wanted website, which said the man shown in the image entered the library, where he “sat next to a young woman at a table, set up his lap top computer and masturbated, He then stood up and ejaculated on the young woman. She screamed and suspect fled the library.”

Harrington said Grace was identified as the man shown in the surveillance by a family member or friend who recognized him and contacted police.

After Grace was arrested in Maine, Brookline police charged him with open and gross lewdness, indecent assault and battery, and assault with a dangerous weapon. One of numerous Massachusetts news outlets that covered the incident identified the dangerous weapon as bodily fluids.


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