Thursday, December 31, 2015

Man's court hearing about alleged lewdness charges postponed as he had no pants

Dermont E. Weaver Jr.'s arraignment did not go as scheduled in Springfield District Court, Massachusetts, on Monday. In fact Weaver wasn't arraigned at all after his court-appointed lawyer disclosed something to Judge John Payne.

"The defendant has no pants," attorney Anna Levine said, explaining why her client was sitting in the courthouse lock-up instead of standing before the judge. Weaver, 31, of Springfield, was charged with five counts of open and gross lewdness after allegedly exposing himself on Saturday to a family walking past the Stonewall Tavern.

The trouble began when a couple and their two daughters encountered Weaver on the sidewalk at around 5:30pm, according to the arrest report. "The daughters became frightened while Mr. Weaver began jumping around in front of them" and exposing himself, officer Kenneth Arzon wrote in his report. The father "tried to block his daughters' view while screaming at Mr. Weaver to pull his pants up."

Weaver fled when police arrived, but was captured and arrested a few minutes later, the report said. According to the arrest report, Weaver is a Springfield native, married and unemployed; he is six feet, two inches tall and 210 pounds, with four tattoos and five aliases, the report states. At the time of his arrest, Weaver was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, running shoes and no pants.

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