WALPOLE, Mass. (WHDH) -- -
Police in Walpole say a local teacher was arrested after he reportedly decided to take a walk without putting on any clothes Monday morning.
Marc Mertz, a 44-year-old forestry teacher at Norfolk County Agricultural High School was allegedly outside his home with only a knit cap and swimming goggles on.
On a 911 call the shock at witnessing Mertz’s alleged actions can be heard.
“There was just a nude man walking down his driveway. He’s got a ski cap on and no clothes. I don’t know if he’s still there or not but I just saw him, very weird. I don’t know who he is or if he lives there or what he does, but all I know is this guy was stark naked,”
According to Walpole Police Deputy Chief John Carmichael, Mertz was doing more than taking a walk.
“He was naked and he began to gyrate toward his mailbox as the victim drove by,” Carmichael said.
Police investigated the incident and arrested Mertz on Wednesday.
Parents say he was a good teacher.
“He was a good teacher, my daughter had him for a couple classes. I met him a once or twice, seemed like a nice guy to me,” one man said.
They say he has a history of this type of behavior.
“He had apparently exposed himself to some boaters at a lake in Natick, I don’t know if he was arrested,” Carmichael said.
Police say the incident was very upsetting for the two women who say they saw him parading in his birthday suit.
“We charged him with open and gross lewdness. Part of the elements of that crime are the victim must have been shocked and alarmed by the behavior that was exhibited. In this case both victims were shocked and alarmed,” Carmichael said.
School officials said Mertz has been placed on administrative leave.
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