Groton man arraigned on charges of exposing himself in front of kids

Groton — After allegedly exposing himself in front of children playing basketball on May 5, a city man was arraigned Tuesday on charges of risk of injury to a minor, public indecency and breach of peace.

Steven Waterman, 60, of 48 Godfrey St. was held on a $1 million bond and is next scheduled to appear in court on June 20.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the City of Groton Police Department received a call about 6:32 p.m. on May 5 reporting that a man was masturbating in public and looking at children while doing so.

The caller told police he was looking out the upstairs window of his Branford Avenue apartment and saw a man touching himself with his pants pulled down, the affidavit stated.

The caller said after the kids yelled "Hey ... what are you doing?" the man pulled up his pants and slowly walked away from the basketball court behind Saint John's Christian Church.

According to the affidavit, a police sergeant told the responding officer he believed the suspect to be Waterman, who was charged in 2016 with masturbating outside a school window.

Waterman has five convictions for public indecency and three for risk of injury to a minor, dating back to 1975, the affidavit stated.

In 2003, when he was sentenced to three years in prison for exposing himself to minors, Waterman told the court he suffers from exhibitionism and couldn't control himself.

On May 6 of this year, police reviewed surveillance footage from Saint John's and identified the suspect as Waterman, the affidavit said.

Waterman told police he was walking north from Branford Manor on May 5 when he had to go to the bathroom, and that he did so while facing the basketball court, the affidavit stated.

Police spoke with the four juveniles playing basketball, and all four said they saw Waterman with his pants down, though only one said she saw him masturbating.

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