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February 28, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Rockport sex offender guilty of registration charge

Gloucester District Court

GLOUCESTER — A sex offender who was arrested in March of last year after moving to Rockport and failed to register as required with town police pleaded guilty on the charge and was found guilty at a status hearing Monday.

The 48-year-old Parker Street resident, Angel M. Rivera, was placed on probation through August, ordered to comply with the registration laws, and ordered to pay a $90 assessment.

Rivera had been arrested after police found him at a new home on Parker Street though his registration status was listed as “moved out of state.” Rivera had lived in various areas of the state before moving to Rockport, including Salem, according to his registry documents.

Rivera had been convicted of rape and abuse of a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on children 13-years-old or younger in Worcester Superior Court in 1990, according to court documents.

A 33-year-old Blynman Avenue resident was ordered to pay a $100 fine after he pleaded guilty on a charge of disorderly conduct in court Monday.

Laerico Ventura had been arrested in front of his home last June after neighbors reported a man yelling and screaming outside of the Blynman Avenue home, according to a police report. Police said Ventura pulled away from officers as they handcuffed him, but a charge of resisting arrest was dropped at the state’s request.

Ventura was arrested again last August on charges of assault and battery and assault with intent to murder after he allegedly pushed a woman’s head into the toilet bowl water at his home, trying to drown her, then allegedly tried to suffocate her with a pillow, according to police reports.

Brooks Road resident Glenn D. Wheeler, 42, saw a charge against him of assault and battery dismissed because of failure to prosecute at a trial Monday.

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