• Man arrested after parents report inappropriate contact with children

    By: Christine McCarthy

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    LEOMINSTER, Mass. - A Leominster man was arrested on Thursday after several mothers at a local park accused him of inappropriate contact with their young sons.

    Michael Brookman, 32, of Central Street, allegedly hugged and picked up the boys, running through the water with them at Fournier Splash Park Thursday afternoon, before urinating in front of them.

    Two of the mothers told FOX25, scared for their children's safety, they confronted Brookman.

    "He was like, 'I felt a connection with your son. Can I spend time with him?'" said the mother of a 2-year-old. "I said, 'No, I don't even know who you are.' He kind of got upset and (said), 'I'm sorry, I didn't mean to offend you.'"

    "As he was leaving, he had called my son one more time," she added. "He gave him a kiss and a hug."

    The mom of a 5-year-old boy explained a similarly frightening experience.

    "He walked by my son and made a comment about wanting to bond with him. So I just told him to walk away, stay away from my children," she said. "He started swearing some more.... He stopped, went over and urinated on the side of the building."

    A third mother told police Brookman "grabbed my son by his hips and my son immediately ran over to me," according to a police report obtained by FOX25.

    The 5-year-old's mother called Leominster police, who reported they found Brookman stumbling and carrying a small bottle of alcohol.

    "His speech was slow and slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and it was evident that he was in fact intoxicated," the police report says.

    Brookman allegedly resisted arrest, striking a police officer.

    Once in jail, Brookman began strangling himself with his own shirt, the police report states, and tried to keep officers out of his cell with his foot. Police were forced to use a stun gun to subdue him, the document says. Brookman then allegedly threatened "to kill all cops when he gets out."

    Brookman was arraigned on Friday on charges of open and gross lewdness, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, protective custody and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer.

    Brookman was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

    FOX25 attempted to reach his attorney but did not make contact.

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