PITTSFIELD -- A city man who was accused of rape by a now 21-year-old woman was acquitted of the charges on Friday following a four-day trial in Berkshire Superior Court.
Joseph A. Buttlieri, 46, was found not guilty of four counts of rape stemming from a series of alleged sexual assaults between June 2008 and July 2010. The jury deliberated for about an hour.
Both the complaining witness and the defendant took the stand during the trial.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke told the jury that Buttlieri had used trust "as a weapon" to coerce the girl into having sex.
Buttlieri’s attorney, Boston-based Dianna Abdala, said the woman’s story made no sense and that the rapes "never happened."
The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department.
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