Original story: 7/08/16
Emad Hasso, Syrian refugee, allegedly touched a 13 year old girl on her upper thigh while she was at a public swimming pool. After she refused him, he followed her around the swimming pool and continued to talk to her. She yelled at him that she is too young for him but he continued to follow her and touched her upper thigh again. A bodyguard became aware of the incident and intervened. Through an interpreter, Hasso claimed that he speaks little English, did not speak to the young girl and receives assistance from a local refugee aid organization. Hasso is scheduled for a pretrial conference on July 29th. Source: Lowell Sun: Syrian refugee held in indecent assault on girl, 13, at Lowell pool
Update: 8/29/16: DA ordered to turn over evidence
A judge has warned the Middlesex County prosecutors they have to turn over all evidence–including a controversial security tape — to the attorney representing a Syrian refugee accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year-old girl at a state-run swimming pool in Lowell. Whatever evidence is not turned over to defense attorney John Kittredge, Emad Hasso’s lawyer, by Sept. 13 will be excluded at trial, Lowell District Court Judge Thomas Brennan said Monday in court. Source: Ooyuz: Judge warns DA to turn over evidence in pool groper case
Update: 11/19/16: No dismissal
A judge refused to dismiss the sexual-assault case against a Syrian refugee accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year-girl at a public pool last summer.
In Lowell District Court on Friday, defense attorney John Kittredge argued the charge of indecent assault and battery of a child under 14 against Emad Hasso, 22, of Lowell, should be dismissed because there is a lack of evidence to show the girl was indecently or intentionally touched.
Judge Thomas Brennan denied Kittredge’s motion to dismiss the case noting that the reports indicate the girl said the touching was close to her private parts and appeared to be intentional, satisfying the legal requirements of the charge.
The girl told him she was too young for him and walked away.
The man, later identified as Hasso, began to follow the girl around the state-owned Raymond Lord Memorial Pool at the North Common in Lowell.
Kittredge also noted that he has not yet been provided with the name of amysterious Arabic interpreter who assisted Lowell police in the booking area tocommunicate with Hasso.
Prosecutor Sam Miller said the interpreter was not a Lowell police officer.
“Someone who speaks Arabic is brought into the booking area and thenmiraculously disappears?” Kittredge asked.
Brennan gave Miller two weeks, until the next court date of Dec. 6, to contact the state Environmental Police, which investigated the alleged incident, to see if they know the identity of the interpreter. Source: Lowell Sun: No dismissal in alleged groping