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Montague man charged with lewd behavior in University of Massachusetts incidents

Christopher M. Williams, 38, was arrested on two counts of open and gross lewdness by UMass and Greenfield police after a warrant was issued for his arrest at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, said UMass Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald. Williams was arrested without incident in Greenfield and was scheduled to be arraigned in Greenfield District Court on Thursday.

Police allege that on Aug. 20 Williams drove a gold-colored, older-model Honda Civic into UMass parking lots north of the Mullins Center where he engaged in lewd behavior in front of two students.

In a statement, UMass Police Chief John Horvath praised the investigators’ work. “Officers had very limited information at the outset of this investigation and only after their exhaustive work were they able to zero in and identify this person,” he said.

The nature of the case called for quick action, Horvath said. “It was critical that we moved swiftly and remained diligent in this case to prevent a continuation of the activity or an escalation of his behavior.”

The man arrested Wednesday is not a Montague Police staff sergeant who has the same name.

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