Two men charged in separate MBTA sex offenses

Richard Johnson was arraigned on indecent assault charges. Photo: TPD
Richard Johnson was arraigned on indecent assault charges.
Credit: TPD

Two men were arraigned in a Boston court Monday following their arrests by MBTA Transit Police for separate incidents in which one allegedly groped a woman and the other allegedly exposed himself, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Anthony Peppe, 69, who listed a homeless shelter as his address, was charged with indecent assault and battery for allegedly groping a woman at Park Street station on April 8.

A judge set his bail at $5,000 and ordered Peppe to submit to GPS monitoring and to stay away from the location of the offense.

Richard Johnson, 49, of Boston was also arraigned on a charge of open and gross lewdness for allegedly exposing himself on a Red Line train on Sunday. A $500 bail was imposed, and  he was ordered to stay away from the location of the offense.

Transit Police said they spoke with a woman on April 8 who said a man had grabbed her buttocks as she prepared to board a Green Line trolley at Park Street station. Another male passenger told the assailant, later identified as Peppe, to leave the victim alone, and all three entered the train.

Both the victim and a witness who contacted Transit Police using the See Say app told officers that Peppe would approach women on the train and block them into their seats, and that he attempted to pick a fight with the man who had told him to leave the victim alone, prosecutors said. Both also reported seeing Peppe indecently assault a second woman onboard the train, prosecutors said.

The next day, Transit Police apprehended Peppe at North Station. He allegedly made post-Miranda statements identifying himself in images presented by Transit Police, but then denied that it was him in the images capturing the assault, prosecutors said.

Peppe told officers he was ill and was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. He was placed under arrest upon being discharged this past weekend.

In a separate case, prosecutors told the court that shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday, Transit Police officers responded to the Downtown Crossing station for a report of a man committing lewd acts. There, they were informed by two women that a man later identified as Johnson exposed and touched himself and shouted lewd comments at the victims while sitting across from them onboard a Red Line train, prosecutors said.

Johnson, who had exited the train at Downtown Crossing and was still present when officers arrived, was placed under arrest.

Peppe will return to court June 9, and Johnson will be will be back in court May 20.

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