Lowell court officer accused of accosting juror
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- A Lowell Juvenile Court officer has been suspended for allegedly sexually propositioning a married female juror while on duty.
A spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney says 35-year-old Matthew Laurino of Lynn propositioned the woman while alone with her in a locked courthouse room on Dec. 8.
Laurino was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty Wednesday to a charge of annoying or accosting a person of the opposite sex.
The Sun of Lowell reports that the woman says Laurino asked her out while she was eating lunch alone.
She says after she refused, he asked if she wanted to see his genitals. He also allegedly showed her a picture of his genitals on his cellphone. She says she feared being raped.
Laurino could not be reached.