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17-Year-Old Says She Was Sexually Assaulted

BOSTON -- An assistant prosecutor at Attleboro District Court has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl at the courthouse on Friday, according to the Sun Chronicle.

Pete Joseph Costanza, 39, was held on $100,000 bail pending is arraignment. The 17-year-old girl, who was involved in a criminal case, said that she was assaulted by Costanza in a conference room near the district attorney's office at the courthouse, the newspaper reported.

Police arrested Costanza at his home on Sunday. He has been an assistant district attorney since April 2005.
Costanza has been suspended without pay, and he faces charges of indecent assault and battery, assault and battery and attempted extortion.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/17086764/detail.html
 

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Doesn't pass the smell test here either. Her boyfriend was in the docket and Costanza "supposedly" forced himself on her in a conference room. Most of those rooms have a long horizontal window next to the door in the court houses I have been in.

Not related to 7Costanza, is he? Is a DNA test in order here?
 

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'I have a lot of power'



Police: Attleboro District Court prosecutor assaulted teen after trying to coerce her for sexual favors

BY DAVID LINTON SUN CHRONICLE STAFF
Tuesday, August 5, 2008 2:42 AM EDT

ATTLEBORO - Authorities say an assistant Bristol County district attorney used his position to try to extract sexual favors from the 17-year-old girlfriend of an accused drug dealer before he sexually assaulted her in an office at the Attleboro District Court.

Assistant District Attorney Pete Joseph Costanza allegedly told the teenager he could assure her boyfriend's release from jail before the alleged sexual assault last Friday when the two were alone in a conference office adjacent to the district attorney's office inside the court.

"I can do it. I have a lot of power in this courthouse," Costanza, 39, told the girl, according to court records.

Costanza, the supervising prosecutor of the three-person office in Attleboro, allegedly pushed the girl against the wall and kissed her on the mouth before groping the girl and pulling down the top of her dress, said Mark Dunderdale, a Plymouth County prosecutor who is handling the case.

Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter has recused his office from prosecuting the case to avoid the potential for conflict in prosecuting an employee in his office, said Gregg Miliote, Sutter's spokesman.


Pete Joseph Costanza, center, a Bristol County assistant district attorney who works at Attleboro District Court, listens during his arraignment at the courthouse with his attorney Daniel O'Malley, left. (Staff photo by Tom Maguire)

Costanza pleaded innocent to indecent assault and battery, assault and battery and attempted extortion before being released on $10,000 cash bail.

His lawyer, Daniel W. O'Malley of Quincy, defended his client during a bail hearing, saying he has been a lawyer since 2002 without a blemish.

"He has a stellar record with the district attorney's office," O'Malley said during the hearing.

Later, O'Malley said, "Joe is just stunned. He denies the allegations."

Before being promoted as the supervising prosecutor at Sutter's Attleboro office in April of this year, Costanza was a prosecutor at the New Bedford District Court.

He was hired in April 2005 by then-Bristol County District Attorney Paul Walsh Jr. and has now been suspended without pay pending an internal review of his employment status, Miliote said.

"They are allegations at this point. But they are strong enough allegations to merit his suspension without pay," Miliote said. "We take these allegations very seriously. The district attorney acted quickly and decisively."

Dunderdale said the girl told friends at the Dunkin Donuts next to the North Main Street courthouse about the alleged incident, who urged her to report it. She then told courthouse court officers, who contacted Attleboro police, Dunderdale said.

He said she gave a videotaped statement at the police station and was taken to Morton Hospital and Medical Center in Taunton where she was examined. Authorities conducted a test which indicated human saliva on the girl's chest and have sent it to the state laboratory for DNA testing, authorities said.

Attleboro detectives Russell Castro and Lt. John Otrando conducted an investigation through the weekend with Joseph Collins, a state police detective with the Bristol County District Attorney's Office, before obtaining an arrest warrant for Costanza.

Costanza was arrested without incident Sunday night at his New Bedford apartment and was held until Monday afternoon, when a friend posted bail for him.

Dressed in the shorts and yellow polo shirt he was wearing at the time of his arrest, he walked by a gauntlet of reporters and television cameras without answering shouted questioned before being driven away in his friend's car.

The girl's boyfriend was arrested in April on domestic assault charges involving the girl, who told police she did not want him arrested, according to court records.

He was sent to jail without bail for 60 days after a judge revoked his bail when he was busted by police on drug peddling charges in June. The 60 days was up last Friday, when the girl went to the courthouse.

After asking about her boyfriend's case, authorities said, the girl spoke to Costanza, who invited her into a conference office next to the district attorney's office. The room is used by lawyers to talk to witnesses and victims in criminal cases and is not open to the public.

The girl told police she became upset and teary eyed because she feared her boyfriend would not be released from custody.

"Don't get upset, you're beautiful. You seem to be a convincing girl. How convincing can you be?" police said the girl told them Costanza told her, according to court records.

The girl left the court to go to Dunkin Donuts where Costanza allegedly called her on her cell phone. Dunderdale said Costanza invited her back to the courthouse and into the conference room again carrying a stack of files, Dunderdale said.

The girl went back into the conference room because she believed Costanza was going to help her boyfriend, and that is when the alleged sexual assault took place, Dunderdale said.

Afterward, the girl attended the hearing for her boyfriend accompanied by one of the friends she told about the incident. The girl told police Costanza walked into the courtroom and winked at her, Dunderdale said.

Court employees said they were shocked by the allegations, but declined to comment.

A lawyer and friend of Costanza's declined to be named but defended him.

"I'm shocked. I've known him for three years. Joe has been an excellent prosecutor. He's a person of high moral integrity," the lawyer said.

Costanza is from Pueblo, Colo., and engaged to a woman who is attending school in Italy, according to arguments made at a bail hearing.

Judge Michael J. Pomarole, who was specially assigned to hear the arraignment, ordered Costanza to surrender his passport, have no contact with the girl or court employees who are witnesses in the investigation and to not leave the state.

Dunderdale argued that Costanza was a flight risk and requested the bail conditions because Costanza told people he was planning to leave the district attorney's office and move back to Colorado prior to the alleged incident.

The Sun Chronicle could not reach the girl or her boyfriend. They are not being identified because The Sun Chronicle has a policy of not naming alleged victims of sex crimes without their permission.

The case will be transferred to Plymouth County to avoid any appearance of conflict. Costanza is due back in court Oct. 3 and will most likely have to appear in Brockton District Court.

If convicted of the indecent assault charge, the most serious of the offenses, Constanza could face a maximum of 20 years in prison. The attempted extortion charge carries a maximum 15-year prison term or a fine of $5,000, or both.

While the other two charges are felonies, the assault and battery charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 2 1/2 years in jail.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2008/08/05/news/3488832.txt
 

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He said she gave a videotaped statement at the police station and was taken to Morton Hospital and Medical Center in Taunton where she was examined. Authorities conducted a test which indicated human saliva on the girl's chest and have sent it to the state laboratory for DNA testing, authorities said.
Hmm. If it matches him, how would you explain his DNA on her chest..........
 

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Hmm. If it matches him, how would you explain his DNA on her chest..........
You can't explain away his DNA on her chest. On the surface, it sounds like a load of BS but the tale will be told with the DNA. Until that comes back with his X's and Y's, I am sticking with my original post.
 

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Constanza shouldn't have quit his job with the Yankees or was that Van Der Lay Industries?:D
 

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First he worked for Rick Barr Properties but got fired after slipping him a mickey, then he worked for Pendent Publishing and got fired for having sex on his desk with the maid, then he sold computers for his dad, that didnt work either, then he worked for the Yankees....
 

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First he worked for Rick Barr Properties but got fired after slipping him a mickey, then he worked for Pendent Publishing and got fired for having sex on his desk with the maid, then he sold computers for his dad, that didnt work either, then he worked for the Yankees....
and now he's a Nukie
 

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Former Bristol County prosecutor indicted on sexual assault charges

By Brian Fraga
Standard-Times staff writer
September 20, 2008 6:00 AM

A grand jury has indicted a former Bristol County prosecutor on charges that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in Attleboro District Court last month.
The Plymouth County District Attorney's Office announced Friday that Peter Joseph Costanza, 39, was indicted on a host of charges that include indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, public corruption, intimidation of a witness, extortion, and assault and battery.
An arraignment has not been scheduled.
The Plymouth County District Attorney is prosecuting the case because Bristol County District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter recused his office from the case to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
A spokeswoman for the Plymouth District Attorney said Friday there would be no further comment.
Mr. Sutter's spokesman, Gregg Miliote, also declined to speak on the case, but said Mr. Costanza has been fired.
A message left Friday for Mr. Costanza's lawyer, Daniel O'Malley, was not returned.
Mr. Costanza was a prosecutor for three years at New Bedford District Court before being transferred in April to Attleboro, where he served as the supervising prosecutor.
He was hired in April 2005 by then-Bristol County District Attorney Paul Walsh Jr.
The allegations against Mr. Costanza center around an August closed-door meeting at the Attleboro courthouse that he had with a 17-year-old girl whose boyfriend was facing charges of dealing illegal drugs.
The girl and Mr. Costanza were alone in the room, which was adjacent to the district attorney's office at the court, officials said.
The alleged victim told police Mr. Costanza said he could assure her boyfriend's release from jail because he had "a lot of power" in the courthouse.
She said the prosecutor pushed her up against a wall, kissed her, pushed down her dress and groped her.
Prosecutors said the girl's friends told her to report the alleged incident to police. She was interviewed by Attleboro police and taken to Morton Hospital in Taunton, where she was examined.
Authorities testing the girl found a sample of human saliva on her chest and sent it to the state laboratory for DNA testing, officials said.
After police obtained a warrant, Mr. Costanza was arrested without incident at his home two days after the alleged incident.

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080920/NEWS/809200319
 

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Georgie, georgie georgie....................say it isn't so.
 

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Looks like they might have had a DNA match
Where in the article does it say that? All the article said was....
Authorities testing the girl found a sample of human saliva on her chest and sent it to the state laboratory for DNA testing, officials said.
Doesn't say who the saliva belonged to or how it got there. For all we know, it could have been there from the night befores activities with one or several people. As I said, I'll stand by my statement till I am proven wrong. Until then, I still think it's a story is of questionable content.

Until the fickle finger of fate is definately pointed at an individual, they reserve the right of innocence until proven guilty by a jury of their peers.
 
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