Rossini Faced Previous Assault Charges
He has been in court twice before this year.
Eric Rossini, the Grafton resident and Shrewsbury karate school owner facing sex crimes charges related to a 13-year-old, has been in court twice before during the past year.
His previous charges include assault and battery and intimidating a witness in a domestic violence case and illegally taking a cell phone image of a police officer who was giving him a citation.
Rossini, 41, of 74 Crosby Rd., Grafton, was arrested by Grafton police on Saturday and charged with being a fugitive from justice. He is the owner of MassDojo in Shrewsbury.
The warrant was issued Friday and relates to outstanding charges he faces in Arlington, Tex.
Rossini faces two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact, according to Tiara Ellis Richard, media relations coordinator for the Arlington Police Department.
The incident in question occurred in Arlington, Tex. in July 2011, Richard said.
The previous charges of assault and battery and intimidating a witness stem from an incident Jan. 5, when Grafton police responded to Rossini’s home at 74 Crosby Rd. to investigate a domestic dispute.
When police arrived, they found a woman with a swollen and black left eye and scratches, according to the police report. Rossini had scratches to his face and neck, the report said.
After talking to the woman, police arrested Rossini for domestic assault and battery.
He was also charged with intimidating a witness because he allegedly threw the woman’s cell phone outside when she threatened to call police, the police report stated.
The court found sufficient facts on the assault and battery charge, placed him on probation for a year and ordered him to attend a batterer’s program.
The fugitive from justice charge violated this probation, which is why Rossini is now under house arrest despite posting bail on the charge.
Rossini’s other court appearance was in connection with an incident May 9, 2011, when he was pulled over by Grafton police for what police described as a “minor motor vehicle violation’’ for failure to use care in starting in front of the Grafton police station.
“You’re going to give me a ticket, I made a donation to your Police Association,’’ Rossini told the police officer, according to the report.
Rossini was holding tickets to a Grafton police charity basketball game, the report said.
Police said Rossini began to argue about the charge and would not take the citation, which the officer placed on his lap. The officer walked away from the vehicle and heard Rossini mention something about speeding, according to the report.
The officer returned to the vehicle and saw a moving image of himself on Rossini’s cell phone. The officer confiscated the cell phone and arrested him for unlawful wiretapping.
The court found sufficient facts on the charge, which was continued without a finding until March 29, 2012. Rossini was also ordered to write a letter of apology to the police officer.
Arlington, Texas Police have started the process to extradite Rossini to Texas, Richard said.