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Malden Ex-Uber driver sentenced in indecent exposure case

WOBURN — A Malden man who formerly worked as an Uber driver pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court on Tuesday in connection with a series of indecent exposure incidents that took place last year.

Paul Griffin, 29, was charged with six counts of open and gross lewdness, six counts of accosting and annoying a person of the opposite sex, operating a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stop for police, and resisting arrest. The indecent exposure incidents took place in Malden and Everett, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.

Judge Christopher Barry-Smith sentenced Griffin to 2½ years in the House of Correction. He was also sentenced to three years probation and was ordered to undergo a sex offender evaluation with all follow-up treatment, to stay away from all of the victims, to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet for six months and to refrain from any employment with a ride-sharing or taxi company, the DA’s office said.

On Aug. 7, 2016 around 4:30 p.m., Malden Police responded to a report of an indecent exposure at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Starbird streets. Two juvenile females told police that while they had been walking, a man drove up next to them in a car and exposed himself. The two young women left the scene and dialed 911, prosecutors said.

On Aug. 27, 2016 around 6:10 p.m., Malden Police were dispatched to Hunting Street where a female victim reported that about a week earlier, she and her friend had been walking on Hunting Street when the male driver of a car had exposed himself, prosecutors said.

The next day, at approximately 4:30 p.m., one of the victims from the second incident entered the Everett Police Department and stated that the same individual had exposed himself to her at approximately 3:15 p.m. near the police department. Everett Police were then dispatched to the intersection of Ferry and Elm streets in Everett, prosecutors said.

Griffin then fled in his car across the intersection before coming to a stop on a dead end street. He then ran from his car and fled through several yards and streets before being apprehended, prosecutors said.

When arrested, Griffin listed his employment as an Uber driver. He did not have a passenger in his car at the time of the alleged offenses. He was arraigned in Malden District Court on Aug. 29, prosecutors said.

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