Second woman alleges Marzilli approached her
State senator released on $1,500 bail
LOWELL - A second woman has told police that she was accosted by state Sen. J. James Marzilli on Tuesday, hours before the senator was arrested downtown on sex-assault charges.
Marzilli walked out of his arraignment Wednesday morning after posting $1,500 bail, despite a request by the district attorney's office that he be held without bail.
Marzilli, 50, was arrested and charged by Lowell police after he allegedly attempted to grope a woman on a Middle Street bench about 3 p.m. Police said he fled when they approached him, and that Marzilli tried to hide his identity.
Corey Welford, spokesman for District Attorney Gerard Leone, said police were called after Marzilli approached a woman who was sitting on a bench along Middle Street, made an "inappropriate comment," and then tried to touch the woman in a sexual manner.
Assistant District Attorney Richard Mucci asked Judge Neil Walker to hold Marzilli, an Arlington Democrat, for a dangerous hearing, based on a second potential victim coming forward. Mucci said Marzilli is a "danger to the community" and "out of control."
Mucci said the second woman alleges she was approached by a man downtown, who made sexually tainted comments toward her. She later picked the Arlington Democrat from a photo lineup.
"Oh baby. You're so beautiful. Your body is so perfect," Mucci said Marzilli told the woman.
Mucci said the woman was not touched.
Marzilli is charged with attempting to commit a crime (indecent assault and battery), lewd and lascivious speech and behavior, giving a false name to police, resisting arrest, assault and battery, and disorderly conduct, police said.
Earlier this year Marzilli was accused of sexual assault by a woman in Arlington. DA Gerald Leone's office investigated that claim and said there was not enough evidence to file charges.
Marzilli was a state representative for 17 years, representing a district in the southern portion of Middlesex County, before winning the 4th Middlesex District Senate seat during a special election late last year. He lives in Arlington, and his district includes Billerica, Burlington, and portions of Lexington and Woburn.
Marzilli was in Lowell on Tuesday to attend an open house at Federal Fabrics-Fibers Inc., a high-tech textile firm on West Adams Street. Marzilli left the company sometime before 11 a.m.
Marzilli is due back in court for a pretrial conference on July 3.
(This just isn't his day...)