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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.

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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