Queens Man Charged with 'Forcible Touching' in Port Washington

The incidents took place at a pizzeria, cops say.

 have charged a male employee at a Port Washington pizzeria with charges of forcible touching after four separate alleged incidents.

Detectives with the Sixth Squad arrested Benedetto Anzelmo, 42, of 72nd Street in Maspeth, Queens, on Monday at 4:55 p.m. Cops say Anzelmo, an employee at , rubbed against the thigh and buttocks area of a 17-year-old female co-worker for no legitimate purpose on four different occasions between Jan. 1, 2012 and March 2, 2012.

Anzelmo is charged with four counts of forcible touching, according to police.

A man identifying himself on the phone as Anzelmo, told Patch the charges were "a mistake," adding that he'd done nothing wrong.

"I'll be fighting it in court," he said. 

Anzelmo will be arraigned on Thursday, March 15, at First District Court in Hempstead.

Ben March 06, 2012 at 06:23 PM
This is not a police matter.
Derp March 06, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Agreed. Four separate occasions? The proper action? 1) Victim complains to management. 2a) Employer fires 42-year-old. Issue is resolved; or 2b) Employer does not fire 42-year-old. Victim sues employer or threatens to sue. Issue resolved.
Port Proud March 06, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Ben- Agreed - roughly every two weeks since the beginning of the year? The first 3 times was OK - maybe the 4th he didn't buy her a drink?
Derp March 06, 2012 at 09:13 PM
@Port Proud That's a little harsh. She's 17; maybe she didn't know how to handle the situation. My only point is that was a more efficient way of dealing with the situation, swifter than getting cops involved. What the guy did is still wrong, though this article is very light on the details.
Port Proud March 06, 2012 at 10:09 PM
RS- I apologize if that came off as harsh. 17 is young, and maybe she didn't know how to handle it. It is the age of consent in New York however, and hopefuly someone of that age could open a dialog with a parent, or at least a trusted school official. Maybe some of us are a little hardened by false accusations such as the Duke lacrosse players, and more recently the Channel 5 morning news anchor.
Linda March 07, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Thanks for the clarification RS. I do think, however, that if my 17 year old daughter (presumably a junior in high school) came home from her part time job and told me that a man old enough to be her father had done what is described in the article, even once, I'd call the police. I'm not saying that he should spend a lifetime in prison or anything. I just think I'd call the police.
Ben March 07, 2012 at 05:23 PM
@ Linda. It may be in your daughters best interest that you teach her how to combat the situation being groped in the workplace most women I know have a way to handle this type of behavior.
Dick Blair March 07, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Taking most of her 'informed' co-workers advice to 'just stay away from him' got her no where as the sexual abuse continued and even escalated. Calling the cops just once stopped the abuse IMMEDIATELY. A significant amount of our tax dollar goes for police protection. You pay for the service you use it. Now her civil suit vs the employee and the employer will have the attachment of a criminal charge, an arrest, an indictment and possible a plea bargain (as good as a conviction for the civil case). Use the criminal justice system...we pay the tax dollars and they bad guys pay the price. Now we can all tell this guy TELL IT TO THE JUDGE.
Ben March 07, 2012 at 07:32 PM
@ DICK Blair, The alleged perp has not been arrained yet? The victim SAYS she was a victim on 4 occasions over 2 months? Something is wong with this claim? What kind of young woman stands to be groped, etc. 4 times and then calls the police? What kind of parent hears this story 4 times sends a 17yo young woman back to a situation like this over 2 months before calling police? Why did it take the victim 4 occasions of harassment to call the police? When did the victim file a civil suit? Our criminal justice system is "innocent until proven guilty" No lawyer will touch this without a heafty retainer this will most likely not make it past discovery this story has too many holes in it.
Dick Blair March 08, 2012 at 01:36 PM
From Newsday.com: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/cops-employee-forcibly-touched-co-worker-1.3581733 A male employee at a Port Washington pizzeria faces a charge of forcible touching after rubbing up against a female co-worker, Nassau County police said Tuesday. Sixth Squad detectives arrested the man, Benedetto Anzelmo, 42, of 53-62 72nd St., in Maspeth, Queens, at about 5 p.m. Monday, according to a news release. Police said Anzelmo rubbed against the thigh and buttocks of a 17-year-old female worker at Rosa's Pizzeria, 57 Main St., four times between Jan. 1 and March 2. He faces four counts of forcible touching and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead.
Dick Blair March 08, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Now tell us about his priors...
Derp March 08, 2012 at 01:43 PM
@Ben And if she complained to the cops after one incident, people would be crying out that she blew the event out of proportion and overreacted. Also it's unclear whether she told her parents after the first event, or rather, whether she got fed up after four times and then told.
Dick Blair March 08, 2012 at 02:31 PM
From Longislandpress.com: Man Groped Teen in Port Washington, Cops Say By Timothy Bolger on March 6th, 2012 A man has been accused of forcibly touching a 17-year-old girl four times while the two worked together at a Port Washington pizzeria over the past three months. Nassau County police arrested Benedetto Anzelmo on Monday and charged him with forcible touching. The 42-year-old Maspeth man “rubbed against the thigh and buttocks area” of the victim “for no legitimate purpose” while they worked at Rosa’s Pizzeria on Main Street on four separate dates between Jan. 1 and March 2, police said in a statement. Anzelmo will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.
Ben March 08, 2012 at 03:52 PM
@ Mr. Blair This guy remains innocent until proven guilty - that fact apprears to disapoint you? There are two siides to every story. And tell me what "legitimate purpose" would a person "rub against the thigh and buttocks area"? Is there an "illegitimate purpose" to "rub agains the thigh and buttocks area"? This is a ridiculous remark most likely taken directly from Port Washington Police Officer's report on the allegation. I learned a long time ago NOT to believe everything I read in a newspaper especially Newsday. These remain accusations and the accused will be arriagned on March 15 then proceed to trial or more likely cop a plea via a legal aide lawyer in the meanwhile I feel that YOU should give him the benefit of the doubt like I have done here. Innocent until proven guilty.
JC March 08, 2012 at 04:19 PM
All people are innocent until proven guilty so it remains to be seen what becomes of this case. I must say I do find it curious though that whenever an incident like this happens in this town and is reported in the patch. The older men that post always side with the man immediately and the woman is always considered lying or things are posted to poke holes in her story. If were gonna be fair maybe we should be fair to both since most us werent there.
Dick Blair March 08, 2012 at 05:05 PM
More facts: Nassau County Sixth Squad detectives arrested the man. Four counts of forcible touching. Rosa's Pizzeria & Restaurant has a location in Port Washington, NY. Active officers include Micheal Rosa. The company's line of business includes Eating Place. Category:Eating Place Source: Dun & Bradstreet last refreshed 11/15/2011


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