NEWBURYPORT — A Haverhill man was sentenced to two years of probation after admitting in Newburyport District Court he sexually assaulted another man who was under the influence of pain medication.
Anthony Iannalfo, 22, of Jackson Street was initially sentenced to two years in jail after pleading guilty to indecent assault and battery of a person 14 or older. The change to a probation ruling came Friday. While on probation, Iannalfo must register as a sex offender and have no contact with his victim.
The case was initially heard in Haverhill District Court, but moved to Newburyport because Iannalfo’s father is former Haverhill police officer Stephen Iannalfo, who worked closely with officials of the Haverhill court.
Haverhill police Detective Joseph Benedetti wrote in his report that the 20-year-old victim came to the police station Nov. 13 and told him that Anthony Iannalfo sexually assaulted him the day after the victim had oral surgery and was under the influence of pain killers.
“He stated that he has no memory of the suspect sexually assaulting him. He also stated he would never allow the suspect to touch him,” Benedetti wrote in his report.
The victim went on to tell the detective that he discovered the assault when Iannalfo texted him about the incident a day later. The victim showed his sister the texts, prompting her to tell him to contact police.
Anthony Iannalfo’s mother told Benedetti that the victim had been living with her for the last couple of years and that her son visits the home regularly for dinner.
She then told the detective that her son was “uncomfortably close to the victim” while they were sitting on a couch in the living room. She did not see any sexual assault because a blanket covered most of the victim.
“She stated that she told him (Anthony Iannalfo) to move, and he did,” Benedetti wrote in his report.
A few days later, Benedetti asked Anthony Iannalfo to speak with him at the police station, but Iannalfo refused, saying he was going to consult a lawyer, according to the police report.
The report said Benedetti then spoke to Iannalfo’s mother, who said the texts came from her son’s cell phone. After Benedetti checked a phone database, he confirmed her story, according to the report.
The detective then obtained a warrant for Iannalfo’s arrest.