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New Charges for Ex-janitorfacing Rapeallegation

May 22, 2019

FITCHBURG — A former Leominster School District custodian charged with raping a 15-year-old girl in March was arraigned Monday in District Court on two additional charges for sexually assaulting the same girl in Fitchburg, according to court documents.

In mid-March, Christopher A. Zayas, 32, of 57 River St., Leominster, was charged with three counts of aggravated rape and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older, for allegedly touching the victim against her will on two occasions between Jan. 1 and Feb. 18 and raping her on three separate occasions at a Leominster motel.

When originally arraigned on those charges, Zayas pleaded not guilty and was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim and held in lieu of a $5,000 cash bail.

On Monday, he was arraigned on one count of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older and one count of assault and battery for illegally touching the same 15-year-old girl, according to police.

Police said Zayas also struck the girl in the face, which knocked her prescription glasses off, during the sexual assault that allegedly occurred on the first or second weekend.

He had worked at Samoset Middle School as a custodian, but was fired after the allegation.

Leominster Schools’ Superintendent Paula Deacon confirmed in an email to parents after the first accusation Zayas had been terminated and called the allegations “disturbing and unacceptable.”

During Zayas’ arraignment in Fitchburg, he was ordered released by Judge Christopher LoConto on a written promise to appear and to stay away from the victim, not leave the state without permission and have no unsupervised contact with children under 16.

He was also ordered to stay away from all schools in the area.

Zayas made bail and was released from the Worcester County Jail.

According to court documents, the Leominster and Fitchburg cases will be joined after a request from the state.

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