QUINCY (CBS) — A Taunton man who was arrested Wednesday night after police say he exposed himself to a young girl in the toy aisle of a Walmart told police he simply had an itch and was trying to scratch it.
Abidan Rivera, 35, is charged with open and gross lewdness. Quincy Police said he was arrested for a similar incident in Saugus in 2016.
He was released on $1,000 bail Thursday.
Officers were called to the Falls Boulevard Walmart around 8:20 p.m. after the victim’s mother said a man had exposed his genitals to her daughter.
While the family was trying to tell the store’s staff about the man, a young girl spotted Rivera and said he was the one who had exposed himself. The mother was able to take a video of him to show police.
The store’s asset protection staff worked with an officer to find Rivera using the store’s cameras and take him into custody.
Quincy Police say store surveillance video shows Rivera standing a few feet away from the young girl with his shorts down as she turns toward him.
Rivera allegedly admitted to police that he dropped his shorts, but only because he had an itch.
When Rivera was accused of exposing himself to two girls in Saugus in November, he argued at the time that he is a “naturalist” who does not wear underwear.
Rivera told investigators that he crouched down to look at some shoes, adjusted his shorts, and said “it’s possible” he exposed himself.
Defense attorney Sarah Westra said Rivera is a father of two children and had no ill intent.
“He’s a hard-working family man who will appear in court, where we look forward to challenging these accusations,” said Westra.