Boston police have arrested a man who is seen in a viral photo performing a lewd sex act with an unidentified woman on a subway platform.
Philip Urban, 50, was identified as the man in the appalling photo. Urban was arrested last night by the Special Crimes Unit, the Boston Globe reports.
Bostonians were outraged when this photo of the illicit act went viral last Friday (May 15).
The photo shows a thirsty female performing fellatio on a man on the T platform at the State Street station Boston subway platform.
A concerned subway rider snapped the photo and attached it to a terse note to the MTBA demanding better security patrols.
“Dear MBTA, I understand you are having financial problems and it is difficult to maintain a broken system, however my tax dollars should be going to pay your police force because I shouldn’t have to stand next to a man receiving oral sex,” wrote the irate passenger.
Transit police Lt. Richard Sullivan was not pleased with the nationwide attention the photo brought to the Metro.
“In my 20 years on the job I’ve very rarely encountered something as brazen as this,” he said. “In my opinion they could care less who happened by. More importantly, what if a young child came by?”
“We received some tips, but we put a lot of time into reviewing images from our public safety cameras, and we were able to track him to Malden,” Lt. Sullivan told the Boston Globe. “Conduct like that is not going to be tolerated.”
If convicted, Urban faces 3 years in prison, a $300 fine and he might be required to register as a sex offender.
Police are still searching for the woman in the photo.