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Ex-Leominster School Janitor Charged in Rape

March 13, 2019

By Cliff Clark

cclark@sentinel andenterprise.com

LEOMINSTER -- A city man who was recently fired from a custodial position at Samoset Middle School was arraigned Tuesday in District Court on three counts of aggravated rape and related charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl over a two-month period, according to court documents.

The alleged rapist, Christopher A. Zayas, 32, of 57 River St., according to the office of district Superintendent Paula Deacon, is no longer employed by the district.

“While we believe this is an isolated incident, these allegations are both disturbing and unacceptable,” Deacon wrote in an email. “The employee is no longer actively employed by the district. While we are prohibited from disclosing confidential personnel information, safety is always our top priority and we strive every day to make sure our students are learning and thriving in safe, welcoming and supportive schools. Our primary concern is to provide any and all support to the victim of this disturbing situation.”

While Deacon did not identify the school where Zayas was employed, in court documents, it indicated he worked at Samoset Middle School.

According to court documents, Zayas allegedly assaulted the alleged victim between Jan. 1 and Feb. 18.

Zayas, according to a police report, allegedly touched the victim against her will on two occasions and then raped the victim three times at a city motel.

The alleged victim, according to a police report, “consistently” told Zayas no, but he became “relentless, and refused to take no for an answer.”

He is charged with the three counts of aggravated rape and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older, according to a press release from Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.

Zayas pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to Early’s office.

During Zayas video conference arraignment in front of Judge Christopher LoConto, Early’s office requested the suspect be held in lieu of posting a $25,000 bail.

However, said Early’s office, LoConto set bail at $5,000 and ordered Zayas to stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim, have no unsupervised contact with children under 16, report in person to the probation department twice a week and not leave the state without permission from the probation department.

The court case was continued to April 11.