Ex-Mass. State Senator Gets 3 Months On Harassment Charges

A former Massachusetts state senator charged with sexually harassing four women has been sentenced to three months in jail and five years of probation.

James Marzilli was sentenced Tuesday in Lowell Superior Court after pleading to sufficient facts to the most serious charge against him, intent to commit indecent assault and battery, acknowledging that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict. He pleaded guilty to six lesser charges.

On the most serious charge, the judge agreed with the defense and continued the case without a finding for three years, meaning the charge could eventually be dismissed.

Marzilli, an Arlington Democrat, was charged in 2008 with making sexually explicit remarks to four women in Lowell and attempting to sexually touch one of them.

After his arrest, Marzilli was treated at a psychiatric hospital.

This program aired on February 22, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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