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Massena man charged with exposing himself

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MASSENA - A 30-year-old Massena man who had been charged last year with a 2009 assault on a Massena woman in her 80s, was arrested Monday and charged with exposing himself to a woman in July.

The Massena Police Department Investigations Unit charged Jason D. Tassie, 124 Main St., Apt. 2, with a misdemeanor count of third-degree criminal trespass and a exposure of a person.

Police Chief Timmy J. Currier said the arrest was a result of an investigation that began at 11:45 p.m. July 26, 2012 when a female reported to police that a man was standing outside her back patio door exposing his private parts.

Mr. Currier said that DNA results returned from the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center were used to confirm the perpetrator’s identity and support criminal charges.

Tassie was arraigned Monday afternoon by Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and released without bail to reappear at a later date.

“This arrest demonstrates the value of DNA evidence and how law enforcement can utilize it to help bring cases to a successful close,” Mr. Currier said.

Tassie, then listing an 8 Tracy St., Massena, address had been charged in late September with felony counts of first-degree burglary and second-degree aggravated sexual assault after a DNA test for another criminal conviction linked him to an August 2009 assault of a Massena woman in her 80s living in the Beach Street area.

Police said last year that evidence collected at the time of the attack had been placed in the DNA database. Tassie had submitted DNA evidence for a November 2006 conviction for second-degree menacing, and police were notified in September of a match between the John Doe sample submitted in 2009 and the offender sample obtained from Tassie.

Police said at the time of the incident the woman was alone in her home shortly before 10 p.m. Aug. 8, 2009, a Saturday when an assailant entered her unlocked residence and assaulted her.

Police said that assailant was believed to be a white male approximately 30 years of age who wore dark clothing and a red bandana over his face. He was described as being between 5’6” and 5’8”, approximately 165 pounds, with dark, short hair and silver-colored round rimmed glasses that appeared to be too small for his face, which the victim described as pudgy with puffy cheeks.

Village police had issued a warning urging residents to take the same safety precautions they should be taking every day, such as locking doors and windows in their homes, making sure properties were well lit, leaving exterior lights on at night, trimming shrubs or bushes so burglars could not hide in their shadows and reporting any and all suspicious noise and activity to the police.

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