Man allegedly assaults woman he met at conference
NORTHBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Canadian man allegedly sexually assaulted a woman he met at a conference in Marlboro which is designed to prevent the crime he is accused of committing.
Investigators say the 31-year-old suspect assaulted a woman he had met hours earlier at a conference for the treatment of sexual abusers. Tyler Buttle is accused of taking the woman to a nearby parking lot and assaulting her early Friday morning. The victim fought him off and ran away.
“At that point in time, she did get out of the car, he did go after her, brought her back to the car where he then again alleged to have commit the same crime the same act,” a prosecutor said.
Prosecutors say the two had spent the evening at a nearby bar and left at about 2 a.m.
“My client denies the accusations, and I think what you’re going to find at best what you have here is a fairly intoxicated young woman who’s making these allegations with no substantiating evidence,” Buttle’s attorney said.
According to court documents, the victim hid behind a bush until the suspect drove off after escaping a second time. She then ran to a nearby home for help.
“She was definitely very shaken up and she wasn’t wearing a jacket or anything and it was raining outside. She was obviously very upset, she was crying,” said one woman who helped the victim. “We brought her inside and we warmed her up by the fire and gave her a towel to dry off and we called the police.”
The conference the suspect and victim attended released a statement to 7News saying, “The MASOC/MATSA conference is about preventing sexual violence. Unfortunately this incident shows that sexual violence can happen anywhere.”