HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A former girls’ basketball coach at Hampshire Regional High School has denied charges that he exposed himself to a woman at the Holyoke Mall Target store. Richard A. Moussette, 54, of Holyoke, was arraigned Tuesday in Holyoke District Court, and pleaded not guilty to counts of open and gross lewdness, and lewd, wanton, and lascivious conduct.
According to the official report filed by Officer Keith Williams, on October 13, Moussette allegedly followed a woman down the aisles while pleasuring himself, with his genitals fully exposed. The victim reported the incident to a Target staff member, but the suspect was gone by the time mall security arrived. Police released a surveillance photo of the suspect to 22News and other media outlets, which led police to suspect Moussette. When shown a photo array of men with similar features, the victim identified Moussette as the one who exposed himself to her.
Williams said that police later obtained additional surveillance showing Moussette entering and leaving the store, as well as a picture of a BMW sedan that was registered to Moussette.
He was served with a summons to appear in court. He was released following Tuesday’s arraignment, but was ordered to avoid the Holyoke Mall, as well as attending youth sports games. He is also not to have any contact with the victim.
Hampshire Regional School District Superintendent Dr. Craig Jurgensen told 22News that Moussette resigned his position as a coach over the weekend, and no longer works for the district in any capacity.