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BROCKTON – A Bridgewater man has pleaded guilty to charges he exposed
himself to three children riding on a schoolbus in Middleboro, Plymouth County District
Attorney Timothy J. Cruz announced today.
Wayne Haskell (DOB: 04/05/67) of Bridgewater pleaded guilty to three counts of
Open and Gross Lewdness. Haskell, who was listed as a Level 2 Sex Offender with
Bridgewater Police at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty today to three counts of
Open and Gross Lewdness. Brockton Superior Court Judge Cornelius Moriarty sentenced
Haskell to serve two years in the House of Corrections to be followed by five years of
Probation with conditions. Those conditions include that Haskell wear a GPS monitoring
bracelet, undergo sex offender treatment, have no unsupervised contact with children
under the age of 16, sustain from drugs and alcohol and undergo a substance abuse
evaluation with treatment, if necessary. The Commonwealth had requested that Haskell
be sentenced to serve six years in State Prison.
The investigation found that sometime between 8:20 and 8:30 am on March 10,
2016, two students sitting in a school bus stopped at the traffic light at the intersection of
South Main and East Grove Streets in Middleboro, saw a light colored SUV pull up next
to their school bus and come to a stop. Witnesses told police they saw the lone occupant
in the SUV, later determined to be Haskell, wave to the children. The children then saw
the man with his hand in his lap, moving in an up and downward motion and his naked
body exposed. They notified their parents, who contacted Middleboro Police.
On March 17, 2016, three students riding the same bus on their way to school
witnessed a lone male in a Jeep pull up to the school bus where Haskell shook his
exposed genitalia at the school children.
Middleboro Police detectives used witness interviews and video surveillance from
both the bus and nearby businesses along the bus route to identify the Jeep Grand
Cherokee Haskell was driving and put out a police bulletin. On April 5, 2016, police
observed the Jeep travelling in Middleboro which fit the description provided by the
children and resembled the Jeep from the video surveillance. That vehicle was registered
to Wayne Haskell. All three children selected Wayne Haskell in a photo array. Haskell
was arrested on May 9, 2016 by Middleboro Police and was indicted on the charges on
August 30, 2016.
Assistant District Attorney Vanessa Madge prosecuted the case, which was
investigated by Middleboro Police.