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Level 3 Sex Offender Arrested for Masturbating at Waltham Library

The suspect was previously convicted of indecent assault and battery.

Nicholas Jenny
Nicholas Jenny
A Level 3 sex offender was arrested on Monday after he allegedly was caught masturbating at the Waltham Public Library, according to Waltham Police. 

Nicholas Jenney, 34, a homeless man from Waltham, is facing charges for open and gross lewdness and failing to register as a sex offender, according to Waltham Police. Police gave Jenney a trespass notice. If he comes to the library again, he could be arrested. 

At around 11:25 a.m. on Monday, a library manager spotted Jenney allegedly masturbating as he stood behind two women, police said. The women were unaware of Jenney's actions.

"She could see him through the bookshelf," Waltham Police Sgt. Joseph Gugino said of the library manager.

Police caught Jenney as he was leaving the library, according to Guigno. 

Jenney was convicted of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 in 2007, according to the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry. 


Larry Fine January 14, 2014 at 06:55 PM
Those are type of people Waltham attracts thanks to the mayor's policies. Lets have another day center open. Lets have another methadone clinic open. Let's keep housing the dirtbags in our hotels. When is enough, enough?
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) January 14, 2014 at 07:07 PM
@Larry, Most Massachusetts communities have libraries. And it is not uncommon for sex offenders to be arrested at them. Newton's library had a clerk who was arrested for child porn. Did Setti Warren put in place a policy that attracted him to work there?
Larry Fine January 14, 2014 at 07:43 PM
@Ryan. Does Newton allow day centers and methadone clinics. I think those two elements attract the scum that roams our city. I can add the hotels that the EBT carrying drug dealing dirtbags reside at also
miss.waltham January 14, 2014 at 08:04 PM
Larry you are so right
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) January 14, 2014 at 08:05 PM
@Larry, I don't know. If you search state database, you will find sex offenders are in every community. Not just Waltham.
Lisa Kateri Gilbode January 14, 2014 at 09:33 PM
I have lived here for 10 years and this will be my last. I have lived in college towns most of my life, and they have been vibrant, active towns, with bustling downtowns, neighborhoods and villages. Since our current mayor has been in office, the city has just deteriorated. For heaven's sake, I can't buy a spool of thread or a pair of underwear in this city. I was in the library when this pervert was arrested...and to give him a trespass? How about jail for not registering!
dun pietre January 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM
crazy guy wanders into a place open to anyone at anytime and the whole town is "deteriorating"? perhaps someone is overreacting.
Frosty the Snowman January 15, 2014 at 01:27 AM
@Lisa, Try TJ Maxx for the underwear, maybe Lifestyles if you want to take a walk on the wild side.
ARJ January 15, 2014 at 07:27 AM
There is a lot I don't understand but what's on my mind this morning? How you are allowed to leave the courthouse/jail/station without registering as a sex offender?!
Robin * I Love Waltham* January 15, 2014 at 07:56 AM
To obtain a conviction for public lewdness, the prosecutor must produce evidence sufficient to prove to a judge or jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant committed open and public acts of indecency. “A library manager spotted Jenny allegedly masturbating as he stood behind two women, police said” Thank you to the library manager who spoke up against a possible crime. The risk involved to report a “suspicion” is risking your job and reputation. I think the focus of the article should be that a responsible member of our community spoke up and reported a possible crime.
Mark Sutherland January 15, 2014 at 08:44 AM
I have two young children and will not go to the Waltham Library anymore. I have overheard conversations about parole and jail on two occasions. Remove the public internet from the library! It's not hard to figure out. People are not going there to read the Canterbury Tales. Open an internet facility for disenfranchised adults somewhere else so that they can pretend like they are looking for a job online. I don't want my 4 year old daughter to walk out of the children's room with a Dr. Seuss book and bump into a creep like this guy. And when she's 16, do you think I'm going to let her go to the library by herself to study? No chance. This city is not family friendly. It starts with places like the library. Wake up Waltham.
Dick Leard January 15, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Robin, Do we all need video cameras and recording devices to get the evidence to take to a judge and jury? Cameras in the library might work but the city probably can't afford to do that. Perhaps roving security staff might be the answer.
Karen Walz January 15, 2014 at 09:32 AM
I think some security personnel might be the answer, although the city would have to support that, as it's mostly a matter of money. Of course, we don't want to see such behavior or have the library used by some people mostly as a "hangout." However, it troubles me that people will lump together ALL people who have mental illness issues, including those that are not dangerous to others. Having services for people in crisis is actually a sign of civilization. If it weren't for such services, even MORE people would be wandering the streets, both offenders and non-offenders. Just saying you want certain people to disappear doesn't present a practical approach. It's the tone of "let's get rid of them" that bothers me; when you live in a city--or anywhere these days--there are always such issues to contend with. Otherwise, one would have to just become a hermit, maybe up in the mountains somewhere, which is certainly one's right.
Robert Norwood January 15, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Statistically speaking there's no hope for sex offenders, they are what they are and tend to want to stay that way. My personal belief in this matter may offend some folks but I believe we need a treatment that is effective and permanent. That treatment requires the removal of something. Sooner or later this character will take things another level. In Roman times a person's crime was branded to their forehead, perhaps we could permanently attach a tracking and warning device on, say, an offender's ear.
Karen Walz January 15, 2014 at 10:29 AM
I agree that sex offenders are difficult, maybe impossible, to treat. And I certainly want to protect children (and all of us). I understand that Robert Norwood perhaps wasn't replying specifically to my post, but my issue was lumping together all kinds of mentally ill people, including non-offenders. It's the kind of thinking that becomes very bigoted and regressive, and obstructs looking for constructive solutions.
Robert Norwood January 15, 2014 at 07:09 PM
You are correct I was not replying to your post but I did read it. I don't care what a person's malfunction is, if they are a threat to women and children they gotta go - somewhere. Their lives are not worth the lives of others who are just trying to live their life and be left free to enjoy it without constant fear or the affront of someone masturbating on them and worse. This guy is a ticking bomb.
Diane walsh January 15, 2014 at 09:04 PM
It is sad that the system relies on the offender to register. Seriously? This is 2014 and we live in a high tech world. Somebody can't figure out how to track these people and notify the cities and towns when an offender moves in? Waltham isn't what it used it be. It is changing and not necessarily for the better. Moody Street looks like down-town Lawrence. I'm scared to walk it at night. Sex offenders live everywhere though, not just Waltham
its me January 23, 2014 at 09:02 AM
waltham is full of bottom feeders
its me January 23, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Every other story out of waltham is so disturbing, waltham is getting so bad
justin case March 25, 2014 at 03:56 PM
Level 2 Waltham sex offender, also know as Ethan Hunt...

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