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October 23, 2012

Woman charged with assault released on bail

HAVERHILL — A 20-year-old Haverhill woman who was being held at the women’s prison in Framingham since her arraignment last week on charges she sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy was released yesterday after her father posted bail.

During a brief hearing in Haverhill District Court, Heather Paltinavich was ordered confined to father’s home in Haverhill, where she will be monitored around the clock through an electronic bracelet. Judge Patricia Dowling also ordered her to remain drug- and alcohol-free, and submit to random drug and alcohol testing as determined by the court.

Paltinavich, 20, stood handcuffed in the dock as Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo asked Dowling if there was a way to ensure she would not have access to alcohol while confined to her father’s home.

There is definitely a substance abuse problem as in both of these incidents she was heavily under the influence of alcohol,” DePaulo said, referring to charges by police that she engaged in sexual activity with the boy on two occasions this summer while drunk.

Dowling said it is up to Paltinavich not to violate the terms of her release.

If she’s surrounded by alcohol she’s not to use it,” Dowling said. “It’s her responsibility and if she’s found to be using drugs or alcohol, she’ll be sent right back to Framingham.”

Paltinavich must appear Nov. 15 for a probable cause hearing.

Following yesterday’s hearing, Michael Paltinavich of Haverhill said that with the help of friends and his daughter’s mother, who was also in the courtroom, he was able to raise the $3,000 to secure his daughter’s release. He said he will ask his daughter to sign a release for her medical records and provide them to her defense lawyer.

I love my daughter, but my love is not blind,” he said. “To me a big part of the case against my daughter is the allegation that she gave the boy a sexually-transmitted disease. If her medical records prove she doesn’t have a disease and wasn’t treated for one, then the rest is just hearsay.”

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