Pittsfield man accused of assaulting intellectually disabled woman

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PITTSFIELD — A city man is facing charges for allegedly attacking and throttling an intellectually disabled woman on Saturday — and officials say more charges are possible.

Mark A. Flanagan, 38, of Clinton Avenue, is accused of forcing himself on the woman after she declined to have sex with him.

Police were notified of the alleged assault on Monday when the woman sought treatment at Berkshire Medical Center's emergency department.

She told police that Flanagan grabbed her by the throat hard enough to cut off her breathing. She said she tried to fight him off, but couldn't.

"He's bigger and stronger than me and he wouldn't get off," she told police.

Police noted bruising on both sides of the woman's neck and shoulder area and her left cheek. They also were informed of fresh bruises and scratches on her chest and buttocks.

The woman identified Flanagan as the one who bruised her face.

She was treated at BMC and released.

Flanagan was arrested Monday afternoon without incident, police said.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to charges of assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability and strangulation. He was released on $500 bail.

Flanagan was ordered to have no contact and to stay away from the alleged victim.

He is due back in court on March 9 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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