Ex-state worker cleared of as­sault wants job back

Boston Herald - - NEWS - — HER­ALD STAFF

A former main­te­nance di­rec­tor for the state wants his old job back af­ter be­ing found not guilty in two sex­ual as­sault cases.

Ed­ward Ni­cosia, once a $90,000-a-year re­gional di­rec­tor at the Di­vi­sion of Cap­i­tal As­set Man­age­ment, was cleared of two in­de­cent as­sault and bat­tery charges in two sep­a­rate tri­als held in Bos­ton Mu­nic­i­pal Court, records show.

“He has a great work his­tory, but un­for­tu­nately he’s now with­out a job that he loved,” said at­tor­ney Wil­liam J. Bara­bino. “I hope they give him back his old job — or some­thing.”

Ni­cosia, his at­tor­ney added, is now a self-em­ployed plumber.

Ni­cosia was ac­cused of forcibly kiss­ing and grop­ing two fe­male em­ploy­ees in the di­vi­sion’s One Ash­bur­ton Place of­fices, and both women said they later spoke with state of­fi­cials as part of an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to records and pros­e­cu­tors.

He was also man­dated to un­dergo sen­si­tiv­ity train­ing.

But his at­tor­ney said his ac­quit­tal should win him back his old post.

“The lengthy in­ves­ti­ga­tion proved to be to his ben­e­fit,” Bara­bino added. “The DA and state po­lice did their jobs, but in the end it wasn’t what (they) said it was.”

Bara­bino added Gov. Char­lie Baker wanted to see the out­come of the case be­fore hand­ing out judg­ment. The Med­ford at­tor­ney said his client could use Baker’s opin­ion now.

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