NORTH ADAMS -- A city man is being charged with allegedly exposing himself and indecently assaulting a 32-year-old city woman with Down syndrome.
Joseph M. Cantoni, 51, of West Shaft Road, was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Tuesday on three charges of indecent assault and battery on a person over 60 or disabled, and one charge of indecent exposure.
According to a report filed by State Trooper Steven Hean, states the woman first reported the incidents to an employee with the Department of Developmental Services during a home visit in November 2012.
The alleged incidents occurred at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, where the woman was employed through a job placement program. Cantoni was employed with the Berkshire Family and Individual Resources (BFAIR) and served as the woman's job coach.
According to the report, the woman told authorities that Cantoni touched her inappropriately on at least two separate occasions in the summer of 2012, exposed himself to her and also forced her to touch his genitals.
The woman stated that Cantoni told her not to tell anyone, or else she "would be in trouble for telling them."
According to Hean's report, Cantoni denied the woman's claims during interviews conducted by officers,
On Tuesday afternoon, a BFAIR employee declined comment, but confirmed Cantoni is no longer employed with the agency.
Cantoni was ordered to have no contact, either direct or indirect, with the woman.
A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 2.
-- Edward Damon