Sunday, Vernon police reported two separate arrests. The first incident involved a man exposing himself to a woman while performing a sexual act. Police identify him as 31-year-old Daniel Mer, of Manchester, who is a teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in New Britain, according to the school’s Website.

Mer was charged with public indecency and breach of peace.

Police say on Saturday, around 10:17 in the morning, they received a complaint from a female that while she was walking on Lake Street, near Lake Street School, a man in a vehicle passed her and pulled into the intersection of Rosewood Drive and Lake Street, forcing the girl to walk around Mer’s vehicle. As she walked around, the female said Mer put his left leg out of the vehicle and the female saw that Mer was naked from the waist down. She also said Mer was performing a sexual act on himself while looking at the female.

Mer then drove up Rosewood Drive, a dead-end road, and the female was able to get the license plate number and a vehicle description. Police say they talked with Mer and that led to his arrest. His bond was set at $2,500. He has a March 22 court day.

Also in Vernon, a man was arrested for waving around an unloaded shotgun in his ex-girlfriend’s apartment. The man, identified by Vernon police as 25-year-old Jesse Marden, of Lebanon, was arrested and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and breach of peace.

Police say around 7 a.m. Sunday, they received a complaint from a female that a male, later identified as Marden, had broken into her apartment at 17 Vernon Ave., armed with a shotgun. The male then left in a Ford F-250 pickup truck and was spotted by officers on Vernon Avenue and stopped.

During the investigation it was learned that one of the apartment residents had called Marden telling him that she was in trouble. This resident was Marden’s ex-girlfriend. Marden showed up with the shotgun, which was not loaded, and walked into the apartment and began yelling at other female’s in the apartment while swinging the shotgun. The ex-girlfriend then left with Marden.

The investigation revealed that what the ex-girlfriend falsely told Marden that she was raped.

His bond was set at $5,000 and he was also given a March 22 court date.

marden New Britain Teacher Arrested in Vernon

Jesse Marden (Courtesy of Vernon Police)


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