October 9, 2008
Military Recruiter Charged With Sex Assaults ; Incidents Allegedly Happened at Armory
QUINCY - A National Guard recruiter who works in Quincy and lives in Rockland has been charged with sexually assaulting two female recruits.
Staff Sgt. Robert M. Tomasello, 31, of 260 Hingham St., Rockland, was arrested Friday and arraigned in Quincy District Court on Monday on five counts of indecent assault and battery.
Two women told Quincy police that Tomasello touched them inappropriately while they were at the Quincy recruiting center at the armory on Hancock Street on Thursday afternoon.
Massachusetts National Guard spokeswoman Maj. Lisa Ahaesy said Tomasello has been reassigned to administrative duty and will have no contact with recruits until after the court case is over. He pleaded innocent Monday and was released on personal recognizance.
"The charges against the staff sergeant are serious and the National Guard is cooperating fully with civilian investigators," Ahaesy said.
Tomasello has been with the National Guard for 10 years. He has served in Kuwait and Iraq and has earned two Army commendation medals, Ahaesy said.
"He has served honorably for 10 years," Ahaesy said. "If he is found to have violated any laws, he may face separation from the military."
Originally published by Patriot Ledger staff.
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