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July 10, 2014

Susano Antonio Rodriguez held in sexual assault of woman, 82

BEVERLY — A Beverly man is being held without bail on charges that he sexually assaulted an 82-year-old woman in her home Saturday.

Susano Antonio Rodriguez, 66, of 77 Sohier Road, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of indecent assault and battery on a person over 60 during his arraignment in Salem District Court, where a prosecutor requested that he be held without bail as a dangerous person.

The woman, who was acquainted with Rodriguez, told police that he called her asking if he could come over to borrow a hot-water bottle for an old soccer injury, according to a police report.

She agreed, and Rodriguez arrived soon after. As he was about to leave, the woman told police, he suddenly turned, grabbed her with one hand, then groped inside her clothing as she cried out, “No, no, no.”

“When are you going to be with me?” Rodriguez allegedly asked the woman. “Do you know what I mean?”

The woman was eventually able to break free, and he left. She immediately called her granddaughter, who contacted police.

Police say she was “visibly shaken” as she described what happened.

She told police that after Rodriguez left, he called her repeatedly, apologizing, then asking what she was going to do, which she believes was his way of trying to find out if she planned to go to the police.

A dangerousness hearing is scheduled for July 16.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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