GRAFTON, Mass. — A Grafton resident and Shrewsbury dojo owner appears to be in limbo over charges that he sexually assaulted a minor in 2011 in Arlington, Texas, his attorney said.
Eric Rossini's attorney, Anthony M. Salerno, on Monday stated that it's uncertain when, if ever, Salerno will be formally prosecuted in Texas.
"It's the exact opposite of how they do it here," he said. "There, police issue an arrest warrant, you post bail, the DA reviews it and decides whether to prosecute. He hasn't been formally charged and nothing's been presented."
Westborough District Court Judge Vito Virizi dismissed without prejudice that Eric Rossini, was a fugitive from justice on July 25. The district attorney's office stated that Rossini that, "All warrants have been cleared as of this date."
On July 14, Rossini's $20,000 bail was amended to allow him to fly to Arlington to surrender to authorities there and return to Massachusetts on July 17.
According to court records, Rossini posted $10,000 bail in Arlington on a felony count of having sexual indecency with a minor. Under terms of his bond, Rossini may not have contact with the complainant nor unsupervised contact with any child under 17.
Rossini, 41, of 74 Crosby Rd., Grafton, is owner of MassDojo on Route 9 in Shrewsbury. He was arrested as a fugitive in May after Arlington Police issued an arrest warrant after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl on nights in July 2011.
Rossini had been under house arrest after violating a probation order from a domestic assault charge in January.
In May, Salerno Salerno identified the alleged victim as Rossini's daughter.
On Monday, Salerno reiterated his belief that the case stems from a divorce and "a nasty custody issue."
"He's fighting it all the way," Salerno said.