PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – An employee with the Providence Water Supply Board has been suspended without pay after he was arrested for allegedly masturbating in front of a female colleague last week.
Robert Thoren, 44, was charged with disorderly conduct after another water board employee complained that he exposed himself and then began to masturbate while they were in a car during work hours, according to an incident report obtained by Eyewitness News.
The woman told police she was able to get video of the incident.
A spokeswoman for the city confirmed Thoren was suspended following the incident. Ron Coia, business manager for Local 1033, the union that represents Thoren, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
Dyana Koelsch, a spokeswoman for the Providence Water Supply Board, said the agency “does not comment on personnel matters,” but confirmed an employee was suspended pending a police investigation.
City payroll records show Thoren has worked in the customer service department for the water board since 2005. He earns $42,815 per year.