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January 11, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Homeless city man faces sex assault charges

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A 56-year-old homeless Gloucester man will face charges of aggravated rape and indecent assault and battery of an adult in Salem Superior Court.

The charges stem from a July arrest when the man, Michael A. Waites, was accused of grabbing a 65-year-old woman by the back of the head and forcing her to perform oral sex on him, according to a police report.

The woman had been sitting on a bench outside of her Dale Street apartment when Waites sat down and began talking to her, according to the report. Police said that, when the woman attempted to leave the bench, Waites allegedly grabbed her head.

Charges of shoplifting against Waites will be dismissed if he pays court costs of $100, Judge Joseph Jennings decided at a Gloucester District Court status hearing Tuesday. Waites had been accused of stealing $14 worth of items, including Axe body spray and allergy medicine from Walgreens in June, according to a police report.

Judge Joseph Jennings continued a second offense drunken driving charge against a local city woman without a finding, to January 2015, revoking the 56-year-old woman’s Vale Court driver’s license for 90 days and ordered her to pay $600 in fees and attend alcohol education classes.

Maureen Worthley admitted to sufficient facts on the drunken driving charge at her plea hearing Tuesday. Worthley had been arrested in September after the vehicle she was driving left the roadway on Prospect Street and struck a pole, according to a police report.

A case charging William T. Dunlop, 22, of Gould Court with assault and battery was continued to July without a finding after Dunlop’s pre-rial hearing Tuesday.

Dunlop admitted to sufficient facts and was ordered to pay a $50 fee and will be under administrative supervision. The assault and battery charge stemmed from a November arrest in which an officer allegedly saw Dunlop strike a woman in the face at the commuter rail station on Railroad Avenue, take her glasses, then run off, according to a police report.

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