LOWELL -- A Level 3 sex offender from Lowell, convicted in 2002 of sexually assaulting a developmentally-delayed female relative, was held on bail after he was accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend into a wall.

In Lowell District Court on Monday, Michael Dinunzio Jr., 33, of 145 Westford St., Lowell, had his bail set at $1,500 cash after pleading not guilty to aggravated assault and battery.

Prosecutor Kelly Norton alleges that last Friday, Lowell police responded to the Westford Street address where they spoke to the victim, who is 26 weeks pregnant. The victim told police she was afraid of Dinunzio after he got angry and pushed her into a wall.

The alleged victim obtained a one-year restraining order against him in court.

In arguing for $2,500 cash bail, Norton said Dinunzio has a three-page criminal record that includes violence offenses and sex charges.

In a 1999 case, Dinunzio pleaded guilty to two counts of open and gross, lewd and lascivious behavior for exposing himself to two females. Also in 1999, Dinunzio was accused of, and later pleaded guilty to, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 for sexually assaulting his female relative with cognitive difficulties on two occasions.

Dinunzio was also found guilty of assault and battery for grabbing a 12-year-old girl in a parking lot.

But John Kittredge argued that Dinunzio got upset because he came home early and allegedly found his girlfriend of six years in bed with another man.


Kittredge said Dinunzio suffers from bipolar and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder and poses no flight risk. His family lives in the Lowell area and he attends the Renaissance Club, a program of the Eliot Community Human Services, that serves adults with mental illnesses.

Dinunzio's next court date is July 16 for a pretrial conference.

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