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A National Guard recruiter in Quincy was arraigned yesterday on charges he sexually assaulted two recruits.
Sgt. Robert M. Tomasello, 31, of Rockland - a 10-year veteran with a previously clean record - was released on personal recognizance in Quincy District Court after pleading not guilty to five charges of indecent assault and battery.
Massachusetts National Guard spokeswoman Maj. Lisa Ahaesy said Tomasello has been placed on administrative duty and moved to the state's National Guard headquarters pending the criminal proceedings.
The National Guard will investigate the incident after the court case concludes, she said.
A source with knowledge of the police investigation told the Herald that two Rhode Island women, ages 18 and 22, showed up at the National Guard Armory on Hancock Street and spoke to Tomasello on Thursday.
The women, according to a source, told police that the suspect was inquiring about the locations of tattoos and piercings on their bodies and made them "nervous."
The women claimed he asked them to keep the door open while they took each other's measurements, according to the source.
The women claimed the suspect groped them and gave them unsolicited massages, the source said.
"The charges against Sgt. Tomasello are very serious and the Massachusetts National Guard recognizes that," Ahaesy said. "Once the legal proceedings are complete, we will take appropriate action."
Quincy police refused to comment, citing a policy not to speak about sexual assaults. The Norfolk District Attorney also declined comment.
Tomasello, one of two recruiters in Quincy and a 10-year National Guard veteran, was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait in 2004. He received the U.S. Army Commendation Medal, Ahaesy said.
Neither Tomasello nor his lawyer could be reached for comment.

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