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T bus inspector arrested on drug, prostitution charges

Charges related to on-duty incident, authorities say

A bus inspector for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has been suspended after allegedly soliciting prostitution while he was on duty at a Dorchester T stop on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Stephen Dwyer, 60, of Norwood, was arraigned Wednesday in Dorchester District Court on charges including solicitation of prostitution and possession of a Class E drug, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.

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A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and he was released on bail. Attempts to reach Dwyer and his lawyer for comment were unsuccessful on Wednesday night.

According to an MBTA Transit Police report, Dwyer and a woman identified as Stephanie Francois were engaged in what appeared to be sexual activity inside Dwyer’s personal truck at about 1 p.m. at the Ashmont T stop.

The truck was parked in the designated spot for the bus inspector, and as a Transit police officer approached the vehicle, a man who had been staring into the truck “quickly left the area,” the report said.

Francois stepped out of the truck and immediately told the officer, “I’m not a prostitute,” while Dwyer later said to the officer, “I know, it was stupid,” according to the report.

Francois told the officer that she texted Dwyer earlier in the day, indicating that she needed money for a haircut and had arranged to have sex with Dwyer in exchange for $80.

Dwyer told the officer that he had known Francois for a couple of years and had seen her using public transportation, and that “she needed money for her hair,” the report said.

Police later recovered four $20 bills from Dwyer, as well as seven Oxycodone pills and one Viagra pill, which he said he bought “on the street,” the report said.

Dwyer is due back in court next month, and Francois will be summonsed at a later date for arraignment on prostitution and lewdness charges, officials said. A working telephone number for Francois could not be located.

Joe Pesaturo, a T spokesman, said Dwyer, a 26-year veteran, is suspended with pay and “facing severe disciplinary action.”

According to the police report, a barista at a coffee shop near the Ashmont station witnessed the alleged sex act and “was very shocked that they were doing it right in front of the entrance to her store.”

Travis Andersen can be reached at
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