Pittsfield man sent to abuse program after punching ex


PITTSFIELD -- A man police say punched his female companion in a jealous rage after finding her getting a massage from another man was ordered to attend a domestic abuse program and stay out of trouble for a year.

Anthony M. Scott, 35, of Silver Street, kicked in the back door of a 26-year-old woman's Glenwood Avenue residence Jan. 3 and threw her off a portable massage table where she was being worked on by a male licensed massage therapist, police said. Scott punched the woman in the face twice and pushed a female acquaintance who tried to stop him before hitting her with the table, according to a Pittsfield police report.

It was unclear whether Scott and the woman were dating or broken-up at the time of the incident.

When police arrived, Scott was already gone. They reported finding the 26-year-old woman with swelling to her face. She initially denied medical attention but eventually went to the hospital for her injuries, according to the report.

The massage therapist told police the woman was one of his clients and that he used the portable massage table for home visits.

Scott later turned himself in to police and was charged with felony breaking and entering in the nighttime, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, vandalizing property, witness intimidation and two counts of misdemeanor assault and battery. The witness intimidation charge was due to Scott continually phoning the woman while she was at the hospital and telling her she could "make this all go away," police said.

Scott pleaded in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to facts sufficient for a finding of guilt on the six charges.

Scott's attorney, James F. Petersen, asked that his client be given a continuation without a finding of guilt on the charges and be required to attend anger management. He said his client had a "minimal" record.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Andrew Giarolo asked that Scott be required to plead guilty to the charges and get 90 days in jail.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg continued the charges without a finding of guilt for a year and ordered Scott to attend a domestic abuse program. If he completes the program and stays out of trouble for a year the charges will be dismissed.

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