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Newton man pleads guilty in T exposure incidents

Posted November 26, 2008 06:08 PM

A Newton man on Wednesday admitted to groping a teenage girl and exposing himself on the T in a number of incidents in 2006 and 2007, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Jeffrey N. Berman, 61, pleaded guilty to open and gross lewdness, assault and battery, and two counts of indecent exposure, Conley said in a statement released Wednesday.

Berman could face up to two years in prison if he does not abide by strict probation conditions until 2011, the DA said.

Boston Municipal Court Judge Paul K. Leary sentenced Berman to two years in prison, but suspended his term for three years, during which he must stay away from MBTA stations, subways, buses, and commuter rails, Boston public schools, and all victims in the case.

Berman also has to undergo sex offender treatment and serve 25 hours of community service within the next four months, Conley said.

Berman was charged with touching a teenage girl inappropriately on an inbound Green Line train in Nov. 2006. He also allegedly exposed himself at least three times between Mar. and Sept. 2007.

The teenage victim – a student at a Boston high school – approached school officials last Dec. 2007 with a photo she took of the man who allegedly assaulted her on the Green Line.

School officials contacted Transit Police, who learned the man had also exposed his genitals to two other teenage girls on the T. Each of the victims identified the man in the photo.

When Transit Police released the photo to the public on Dec. 6, 2007 several people identified the man in the picture as Berman. The next day, Berman contacted authorities and was taken into custody.

Berman’s attorney, Roger Witkin, did not return a message seeking comment.

For more coverage of Newton, go to Boston.com/Newton.

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