Millerton man charged with lewdness

MANSFIELD – James D. Wood, 27, of 23 Wood Lane, Millerton, was charged by state police with open lewdness and harassment recently after he allegedly grabbed his genitals in front of two girls shopping at Wal-mart.

According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson’s office, Wood allegedly followed the young women and their grandmother into the store June 26, and followed them around the store, grabbing himself, smiling, winking and waving each time they looked to see if he still was following them.

After the girls and their grandmother left the store and went to their vehicle, he again grabbed himself when they looked at him, used obscene language and made an obscene gesture, police said.

Wood told police he followed the girls because he thought they were good looking, and that he scratched his groin area three to four times while he was following them, and that it may have looked like he was grabbing himself. He was issued a summons to appear at an Aug. 7 preliminary hearing.