Brookline man allegedly drove without pants, masturbated in car

By John Hilliard/staff writer
Posted May 11, 2010 @ 04:23 PM
Last update May 12, 2010 @ 02:28 PM

Brookline —

A local choral singer who told investigators he sometimes drives home without wearing pants faces indecent exposure and lewdness charges after he was spotted twice in his car, naked from the waist down, police said.

Jonathan Cooper Allen, 53, of 11 Prince St., Apt. 1, Brookline, was arrested on May 7 and charged with indecent exposure, as well as open and gross lewdness, police said.

In recent months, Brookline Police have been investigating reports of a man exposing himself around local schools. Police Lt. Phil Harrington said police are still investigating whether there is a connection between Allen and the previous cases.

In early March, a woman walking along Tappan Street near Brookline High School spotted a white man seated in the driver’s seat of a light blue sedan parked at the curb. She told police the man was exposed from the waist down, and his gray pants were pushed around his knees.

In January, a man who wasn’t wearing any pants reportedly drove up to the Lincoln School to ask students for directions. Later that month, a half-naked man drove up near two girls at the Runkle School playground, and made hissing sounds at them, according to police reports.

In the cases involving Allen, he allegedly exposed himself to a girl, and in another incident, Allen was seen masturbating in his car, police said.

During an interview with police, Allen denied the allegations, according to a report.

“Allen explained that his work uses strong air conditioning and then when he leaves, the hot air is overwhelming so he often removes his pants for the drive home,” according to a police report.

Police said Allen told them he usually stops his car around Clyde Park or on Cypress Street to put his pants back on.

Allen denied masturbating in the car, and said that “he recalled scratching himself and could understand that this could be perceived as masturbation,” police reported.

Allen was arrested, and allowed police to search his car. Police said they found a roadmap book with pictures of naked women wedged in the pages, binoculars, one pair of women’s pantyhose with a hole cut through the crotch, a short brown women’s skirt and a white towel.

Police said that in one incident, a woman and her school-aged daughter told police that on April 28, a silver vehicle pulled up next to the girl while she was walking on Franklin Street. The girl said the driver was naked from the waist down and his penis was exposed.

The driver told her that he was not going to hurt her, and when the girl tried to run away, the driver followed her in the vehicle, and yelled, “You better not tell anyone, I’m going to be south of the border,” according to a police report.

The girl was embarrassed and didn’t tell her mother until May 5, and they contacted police that day, according to the report.

Detectives investigating the case found that the incident was similar to a report of a man seen masturbating in his silver Honda Civic on Cypress Street. In that incident, the witness reported the car’s plate number and gave a description of the suspect to police.

Police found the vehicle was registered to Allen, who matched the description of the driver given in both cases, according to the report.

When police made contact with Allen’s wife, she told them he was at chorus practice, and would return home later that night. Allen was contacted later and was interviewed at the department’s headquarters that evening.

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