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February 28, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Rockport sex offender guilty of registration charge

Gloucester District Court

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — 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.

Wheeler had been arrested at his home in September after a woman and a witness both alleged that Wheeler had hit one woman and punched her several time in the head, according to a police report.

Joshua Lane, a 19-year-old Riggs Street resident, faced three charges of violating a restraining order in a trial Friday and was ordered to continue counseling, pay a $100 in court assessment and remain under administrative supervision for a year.

Judge Joseph Jennings found that Lane had admitted to sufficient facts on each of the cases, but continued them without findings until next year.

Each of the violations, which fell between July and October, had stemmed from Lane standing within 100 yards of the residence of the 16-year-old girl who has the restraining order against Lane, and that is a violation of the order, according to police reports.

A drug possession charge against Rockport resident Seth C. Lospennato was dismissed upon failure to prosecute at a trial Friday.

Lospennato, 36, had been arrested on a warrant in October when police found him while checking out a reported trespassing, according to a police report.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at mnesin@gloucestertimes.com.