, Gloucester, MA

January 11, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Homeless city man faces sex assault charges

Gloucester District Court

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — 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.

A larceny by check charge against a Rockport woman, filed after the woman was accused of writing an invalid $112.80 check to a candy store, was continued without a finding to July, but the woman was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of the check and assessed a $50 court fee.

Brenda J. Reed, 61, had been accused of writing a check that later bounced on Dec. 23, 2011 to the Nichols Candy store, according to a complaint filed by police. Staff at the candy store had been unable to reach Reed since, according to the complaint.

A 22-year-old Ipswich woman, Madison M. Sewards, was ordered to pay $550 in fines after she pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license in Gloucester District Court Tuesday.

Sewards was also charged with not having an inspection sticker on her vehicle, but was found not responsible for that charge. Sewards had been arrested in Essex in November, according to a police report.

The court will dismiss charges of unlicensed driving against 28-year-old Jessica F. Marques if the Ipswich woman pays court costs of $100, Judge Joseph Jennings decided at Marques’s arraignment Tuesday.

Jennings found Marques responsible for driving faster than the speed limit, the charge that led police to find Marques was driving without a license on an October night in Essex. Police had stopped Marques on Eastern Avenue when she was driving 40 miles per hour in the 30 miles per hour zone, according to a police report.

The court will dismiss charges against a 22-year-old Friend Street man who was accused of consuming alcohol in public if the man, Corey Doyle, pays court costs of $100, Judge Joseph Jennings decided at a pre trial hearing Tuesday.

Charges against a 19-year-old East Lynn man will be dropped if the man, Matthew O’Donnell, pays court costs of $150, Judge Jennings ruled Tuesday.

O’Donnell had been arrested in December on charges of disorderly conduct after he ran from police who told him to go home.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at