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And the world is a little safer this morning: Orange Line hummer suspect nabbed

Transit Police report members of the Special Crimes Unit last night arrested Philip Urban, 50, of Malden on a charge of being stupid enough to get a blow job on the outbound Orange Line platform at State Street last Friday.

He's scheduled for arraignment today in Boston Municipal Court; technically, the charge is open and gross lewdness. No word on the hunt for the woman seen ministering to him.

Innocent, etc.

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No one with such low morals should occupy the Oral Office.

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That's tough to swallow.

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being both a sex offender and a Jorts wearer.

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about how poorly dressed Boston's sex offenders are.

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If its his first time, its probably a level 1, which the general public wouldn't know about. And he is going to have the charge of "open and gross lewdness" on his record either way. Its kind of the same thing.

But what if this is the 5th time he has been arrested for this? Or what if on another occasion, he sexually assaulted or raped a woman?

If its the latter, then this act should be taken more seriously. If it is an isolated incident then nothing much should or probably will happen.

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Dirty Den, represent!

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Good work, boys. With this devilish mastermind behind bars the T's problems are behind it.

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It's impressive they managed to catch the guy and it's not like they used maintenance money to do so but this is pretty minor in scope of "problems that need fixing" with the T. The story yesterday about the refurbished Type 7 green line cars making it out into service is the more important story.

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Wouldn't you say there is a slight difference in the scope of those issues? The T's financial issues are long-term strategic issues. T station misdeeds are day-to-day issues.

Someone did their job at the T. They caught a guy we'd rather have not doing his stuff on T platforms. Lets take the little victories when we can.

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I noted that no, this has no impact on important stuff like maintenance.

This story has gotten a lot of press but it's small potatoes regarding more serious crime on the T (theft, violence, graffiti, etc) and of course ongoing maintenance. I do think it's impressive they caught the guy. But if the T police decided to put a few detectives on this case instead of crimes that have an actual victim then it's questionable use of resources.

If they caught the guy in the act, sure, book him. Otherwise go after the fare evaders, the taggers, the thieves. This guy might be grossed out a bystander but that's about it.

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Apparently.

And did you even consider that the 'grossed-out bystander' might be a child? I'm not puritanical by any means, but public displays of explicit sexuality are really not good for kids.

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Better that the kiddies are inside watching the Kardashians rather than experience the big bad world.

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Plenty of problems out there that need fixing, all of them relevant. Sorry they didn't fix yours in this story.

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If only the police officers spent the time fixing the trains and the budget!

*eyes roll*

*eyes fall out of head from too much rolling*

*blind*

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and in closed commercial building entryways on club nights.

I'm actually bothered more by the public urination in T stations and on the street, than I am by inappropriate PDA.

The possible BJ, if that's what was actually going on, rates a disapproving glare. Maybe some official tell them to wait until they get home.

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Assuming the sex was consensual, no one was really harmed here. Offended? Sure. Harmed or victimized? No. Yes, "What about the kids?" is a legitimate question here, but I think a casual, accidental glimpse of two humans having consensual sex is far from the worst or most traumatic thing a kid could witness. (How many kids have committed an "oops" by walking in on their parents? Happened fairly often to my friends when we were all kids.)

No, I don't mean to say that this is okay. Yes, it's a stupid thing to do, has a fairly large potential for offending people, and it's not something that the average person wants to witness happening in a public place. The appropriate sentence for a first offense would be a fine and having to listen to a lecture from a judge about not doing stupid stuff. Not a felony conviction and lifetime sex-offender status.

Had there been a police officer who had stumbled onto the scene, or who had been called and who had arrived while the couple were still in flagrante, it would certainly be an arrestable offense. But I don't see why the expenditure of effort after the fact. This isn't on the same level as a mugging.

The T, and/or the transit police, seem to put an awful lot of effort into catching and prosecuting people who do things that aren't directly harmful, or are at worst, "No harm, no foul," but that embarrass the T in some way. (Such as the platform flipper guy and the teenaged train surfers on the Orange Line.)

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Going to a few stores for cameras and then making up a flyer should take about 1 hour of time for one detective. Maybe 2 or 3 hours if there was a problem with getting the footage or they had to watch hours of film to narrow down the time frame.

As for the charge, if someone saw skin ( an erect penis going into someones mouth), it makes it a felony. If it was just this photo, I'm going to say all you have is the Lewd and Lascivious conduct (which is pretty much a very minor misdemeanor)

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Someone whose executive filter doesn't screen out "let's do it right here in public" is someone who probably doesn't make great decisions in general. The teenaged surfers' brains haven't finished developing.

If they drink too much to hear the executive filter, maybe this is the wake up call to get some help. Which is an excellent outcome before a stupid decision gets some one killed.

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Well at least he won't be committing any more fashion crimes for a short while.

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so it's safe to say the sartorial scene is safe for a while.

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was short lived.

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World Class, baby, World Class!

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If so, I hope it's done so with truly substantial reason.

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The guy's transgressions are small compared to graffiti and fare evasion? Tell you what, I can ignore graffiti, I can walk by with my wife and kids, and not even notice it. One can't say the same for this idiot.

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What's more embarrassing than making a perhaps drunken mistake of getting a blowie in the T, is to make a public spectacle of dragging someone through the legal system and press for the mistake.

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Because he decided to commit his lewd act in very public place. If he were so concerned with anonymity, then maybe they should have gone to a more private area.

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Because he decided to commit his lewd act in very public place

We don't know that. What we know is that the MBTA police claim that he is the guy in the picture (which he might or might not be), and that the guy in the picture sort of looks like he was actually participating in a sex act (which might or might actually have been the case.)

I'm all for a healthy dose of public humiliation once the facts are known, but not before.

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There's film showing him coming out of a CVS - maybe getting his Viagra for the anticipated BJ? Also, I wish the police were as vigilant at catching serious criminals than some guy taking care of business, I admit maybe he should have been more discrete but when a woman is ready she's ready and a guy will usually never argue from my experience, anyway.

I hope he got to finish!

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considered "taking care of business"? And you hope he "got to finish"? I really don't care about this guy's business or if he got to finish. He needs to do it somewhere private, away from the rest of us.

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I did not watch the video -- does it show money being exchanged prior to the sexual activity? If not, how can people be sure that this involved totally consensual activity?

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No one is questioning that. The issue was
That this was done in plain view of the public

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From 2007 Malden Police Log:

Friday, May 18
At 12:31 a.m., Philip Urban, 42, of 40 Perkins Ave., was arrested on a charge of domestic assault and battery.

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Apparently this guy has never heard the phrase get a room.

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My sister rode the 558 train from Grafton yesterday morning and she told me the train crew rescued a naked man at Back Bay station !

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Its discussing that they did it public. Would definitely stress and gross out kids. Just so nasty for anyone to see. Now just charge him and move on. Put a padlock on his zipper when he rides the T. Duck tape her mouth shut.

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