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Owner Must Stay Away, But Dojo Still Open

MassDojo is being run by committee and dedicated parents and instructors.

Classes have continued at in Shrewsbury after criminal charges were filed by the Arlington Texas Police Department against the owner, .

Noreen Rossini, Eric's mother, is helping to run the dojo while Rossini faces charges and is ordered to stay away from children under the age of 18.

"The dojo is being run by committee," Rossini said. "We have some dedicated parents who are helping out and Eric is working closely with the instructors and continuing to do administrative duties."

Rossini said she cannot comment on the pending court case, but she is thankful for the support of the MassDojo community.

"We want to maintain the excellence the students are used to when they come to MassDojo," Rossini said. "They are so committed and dedicated."

Rossini said new students are being enrolled at the dojo every day. "I've been fielding questions from parents," she said. "The dojo will remain open."

Two classes were in progress last night and Rossini said classes are continuing at the dojo.

For more information about classes or the dojo, you can call 774-239-1346.

evie jane June 01, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Jay, I'm not sure my children are safe when they go to school or piano or art or sports. But if I found out one of their teachers/coaches was convicted of Domestic Assault (he was convicted back in january) and accused of sexual assault on a child, that would be a sign to me that I need to pull my child out of that environment. Sure Rossini is not there now but let's say these sex assault charges are false, or he gets away with it, he is still a felon convicted of beating on a woman at his home. That is not someone I want teaching my kids ANYTHING.
evie jane June 01, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Agreed. And I don't mean to offend parents who choose to continue at the dojo. Everyone makes their own choices and most parents want what is best for their children. (I have a low threshold for risk when it comes to my kids) My comments were directed more at the people who were defending this convicted domestic batterer as a good person and didn't seem to take into account the feelings of the alleged sexual abuse victim in this case.
evie jane June 01, 2012 at 12:34 PM
FYI, if he were a teacher at a public school, he would have been fired once he was convicted of the DOMESTIC assault. Food for thought...
Sabrah June 03, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Rossini has no prior record, he has a long history of being a great karate teacher and working with children and adults. There are teachers in the Dojo who are amazing - some of the comments make it seem that they, too, are under a cloud of suspicion-which is unfair. There is a lot more to this story than has been reported. First of all, Rossini was not found guilty of assault and battery - it was continued without finding - he deliberately chose that path in order to focus on a pending custody case. By the way, the allegations of molestation were made in connection with this custody case: the mother is seeking to move out of state with the children. She attempted to do the same in 2007 and the courts ruled against her and found that the mother "knowingly and willingly involved the children in the parties' disputes". On the same day Rossini and his ex-wife appeared in court, the same person who accused him of molesting her also accused a Grafton Middle School teacher of being a pedophile very publicly on social media, The same Judge who heard the original case in 2007 threw out the mom's civil restraining against Rossini.
CP June 03, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Yes, "Sabrah" or shall we call you Eric? That's why the DA found the child's testimony so compelling to actually move forward on a case that typically may be difficult to prove? The evidence of your record is for the public to access.
Sabrah June 03, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Nope - not Eric. There are many many cases in which people's lives were ruined by false accusations, including one very prominent case in the media recently. So far, this story has been very one sided. There's a lot more to it. CP -- get a life and get over trying to ruin other people's lives. The evidence of your record is for the public to access too. How many pseudonyms are you operating under?
CP June 03, 2012 at 08:07 PM
What about the child's life? Does the child's life have any meaning here? As far as I'm concerned Rossini is an adult and can handle the accusation far better than a child can handle the abuse. I guess he should have thought about that before he acted. As for pseudonyms, "Sabrah", I don't need to hide behind a made-up name or someone acting as my puppet. I'm not the one with the record.
Rebecca June 04, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Rossini DOES have a record for Domestic Assault and Battery. It was the wiretapping charge that was continued w/o finding. In the domestic assault case "The court found sufficient facts on the assault and battery charge, placed him on probation for a year and ordered him to attend a batterer’s program." Read it for yourself - http://shrewsbury.patch.com/articles/rossini-faced-previous-assault-charges-29fb8001#photo-10018187. This man DOES have a record for Domestic Assault and Battery. The fact that you are trying to minimize that fact (and the fact that a karate instructor who I assume is a black belt gave a woman a black eye) is reprehensible.
Rebecca June 04, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Also your saying he "chose this path in order to focus on a pending custody trial" would not make sense even if he had been given the opportunity to CWOF (continuance w/o finding) While a COWF is not the same as pleading guilty, it basically says a defendant admits there are sufficient facts to find him guilty. So if he were involved in a custody dispute, proving his innocence would have been the way to go. But of course he was not given the opportunity to CWOF because there was compelling evidence to find him guilty (and he had a previous CWOF for the wiretapping). According to the police report, police arrived at his home in the middle of the night where he and a woman had been arguing and the woman had a swollen, black eye and scratches. All the articles clearly say he violated probation by getting arrested. Probation is part of a sentencing. You can't be sentenced w/o being convicted of a crime. You obviously don't have your facts straight and are making public, unsubstantiated accusations and statements against another person and declaring them as facts rather than opinion. You should be careful or you might end up in the crime pages yourself - accused of slander.
Jackson June 04, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Evie, You are wrong about many things. 1) I don't know details from any of these charges, so I will refrain from making judgment. From a personal experience, while in college, a ROTC female student, a friend of my roommate, tried both verbal and physical bullying. She punched me several times unprovoked. I could retaliate and have thought about it after she punched, but I managed to refrain. So if she got hurt for bullying, whose fault is it? Without knowing anything about the situation, it's wrong for you to tell people implying Rossini is at fault. However I am not saying hurting people is right. 2) Again from personal experience, I have never seen any inappropriate act or heard any teaching about using violence in the dojo. In fact, I have heard several times that karate shouldn't be practice outside the dojo or the other person could get hurt. Other than sport injury, the dojo is very safe from my perspective. You, on the other hand, imply the dojo is unsafe without 1st hand experience is wrong. 3) About public teacher get fired. Not sure if you are aware of this video. From what I have heard, the teacher(s) involved were not fired. Food for thought. http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2012/04/23/brave-father-sends-son-with-autism-to-school-with-a-wire-exposing-teacher-abuse/
evie jane June 04, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Jay, I am not wrong about anything I have said. 1) Rossini was found guilty of domestic assault. It's in the public record. 2) Public school teacher's who get CONVICTED of crimes get fired. The incident in that video is reprehensible but those teachers have not been convicted yet (innocent until proven guilty). If/when they do get convicted,they will be fired. You are really reaching here to defend Rossini. If these teachers in your video get convicted do you think they should be allowed to teach? I hope not. 3) My opinion is that a teacher who would commit Domestic Assault does not provide a safe environment because a teacher is also a role model. It is a serious crime and you are minimizing it. If you think it is okay to have a convicted batterer teach your child then that is your right. But in my opinion I don't think that is safe or wise.
evie jane June 04, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I didn't want to entertain your little hypothetical scenario which has nothing to do with Rossini's conviction from the court's perspective (and that is all that matters). But it is such a clear logical fallacy (or combination of fallacies) that i can't resist. You are basically proving my point for me. You resisted hitting the woman. if you had hit her then you should have been charged with assault. If she really did punch you then she should have been charged as well. But neither happened. Pat yourself on the back for not being a batterer.
Jackson June 04, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Evie, If you read my comment, then you should know that I am not arguing whether Rossini got convicted. That taping of the teacher abuse is evidence enough and I agree the teacher should be fired. You are entitled to your opinion, and I am entitled to disagree with you. I am telling you that I am allowed to sit and observe during class. I am not sure how you can make it safer. If you are arguing whether Rossini is a good role-model or not, that's another issue. Which I agree is a concern of mine. I am not minimizing violence. I believe violence is wrong but you have the right to defend yourself. Had I retaliated against that girl in college, the end result would be a woman with black eye. But would I be wrong to defend myself from bullying? I am simply pointing out that neither you nor I know the facts about that domestic violence charge. The only thing we know is the end result from media. Ever heard of James Harden? I form my opinion based on observation and not what media tells me.
Jackson June 04, 2012 at 03:42 PM
You are wrong and it's not hypothetical. Woman can be bullies as well. I assume you have never been in a situation where you know if you defend yourself you could end up in jail. Zimmerman case is another example. I'll hope that the court system got it right. Either put Zimmerman away for murder or let him go for self-defense. I didn't see it happen 1st hand, so I don't really know what happened.
evie jane June 04, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I have no problem admitting when I am wrong but I have not stated anything that was incorrect. Anything I've said that is subjective is clear from the context. I am also not trying to persuade you of anything. You can make your own choice. I know women can be bullies. I never said otherwise. Note I said that your woman friend should have been charged as well. Everyone has a right to defend himself. i tell my kids that if someone lays hand on them, try to walk away but they have a right to be physical in return if that doesn't work. i would expect that both children would get into trouble, eventually the truth would come out and the aggressor would be punished. The court found Rossini guilty. I can only assume that the court did its due diligence and determined he was at fault regardless of the circumstances. The woman involved was not charged. That is in the public record. I can only make my judgment based on that fact not what some friend of an accused batterer is trying to push on a news blog.
evie jane June 04, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Your reference to the Zimmerman case is another logical fallcy. You are comparing apples to oranges. You say you hope the "court got it right" in Zimmerman's case. Well the court hasn't really done anything yet. Zimmerman hasn't even been tried yet. Rossini had his day in court. Zimerman will have his. You are arguing that you can't judge Zimmerman because you didn't see what happened "first hand" but you also didn't see what happend in Rossini's case but you seem pretty determined to defend him (even though he was already found guilty)
Jackson June 04, 2012 at 04:38 PM
There you go again making false statement based on non-fact and/or assumptions. 1) FACT: My child goes there to learn self-defense, but that does not make Rossini and me friends. 2) FACT: You started this thread by telling people the place is unsafe. And I simply replied and I am still waiting to hear why it's unsafe. 3) FACT: By propagating agenda you know nothing of, you could seriously damage someone's reputation if untrue. 4) FACT: Court is not always right. James Harden, OJ Simpson come to mind. You assumed court did it's due diligent. Enough said. 5) FACT: There is no mentioning of the other woman not get convicted in any article. Did you make an assumption again? 6) FACT: This dojo is safer than any school or daycare because I can be there and can see and hear. I don't know what you are trying to do by saying the dojo is unsafe. 7) FACT: Goddard School got caught cheating MCAS. Do you think everyone involved and management should get fired as well? My problem with you is that you already formed your opinion and is trying to push it as the only truth. If wrong, you are damaging someone reputation. Think about that.
evie jane June 04, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Why would the end result of the altercation have to end with a woman with a black eye. i assume your friend was not Zena the Warrior and you are an able bodied man who statistically would be stronger than the average woman. if she were punching you, wouldn't the proper response be to grab her hands and restrain her? If you were a black belt, I'm sure you'd know several ways to restrain a woman w/o giving her a black eye.
evie jane June 04, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Everything I've said is the truth. He is a convicted batterer. That is the truth. The woman involved had a black eye. That is the truth. The woman was not charged. That is the truth. And I am not pushing anything. I do think the dojo will be unsafe if rossini is allowed to return. That is my opinion. If people take it as fact then that is on them. And your logic about the court making mistakes is again fallacious. The jury in the OJ trial found him innocent. Rossini had his day in district court where a judge made the ruling. And just because courts make mistakes sometimes, that means that we should discount all court findings? You are defending Rossini as innocent because OJ was found innocent? But you are accusing me of having a problem making assumptions?? This is obvioulsy personal for you because you're getting upset and now "have a problem with me." I'm just someone with an opinion. Sorry if that's a problem for you.
Jackson June 04, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Do you have reading problems or do you have ulterior motive. I have said role model is a concern. Again, I can sit, watch and listen while the class is happening. Not sure what safety concern is there. For someone who has never been in a class, you sure don't want people to go there for some reason. Why do you allow your child(ren) go to school? You know bullying happens and all teachers have cheated sometimes in their live. Using your logic, your child(ren) shouldn't go to school at all because school is unsafe and have poor role models.
Jackson June 04, 2012 at 05:31 PM
"Why would the end result of the altercation have to end with a woman with a black eye. i assume your friend was not Zena the Warrior and you are an able bodied man who statistically would be stronger than the average woman. if she were punching you, wouldn't the proper response be to grab her hands and restrain her? If you were a black belt, I'm sure you'd know several ways to restrain a woman w/o giving her a black eye." Again, you have no idea what you are talking about. So it's okay for any woman to strike a man as long as she is not Xena. Is that what you are saying? I can grab her punching arm. What about the other punching arm? If I grab both arms, then what about the legs? And what would that look like to a bystander? Life is not as black and white as you think it is. Hence don't judge unless you know for sure. I am not defending Rossini, hurting other person is wrong. But in this case, there are a lot neither us know. Maybe you do, but I don't.
Jackson June 04, 2012 at 05:39 PM
So you do agree that court can make mistakes. So how is that fallacious? You are one of the few who believes OJ is innocent. You know for a fact that the woman was not charged. That makes you an insider. So you do know more than I do. I take it personally because it's people like you who have agendas to ruin someone and make the society worst as a whole. Btw, I am defending MassDojo and not Rossini.
evie jane June 04, 2012 at 05:42 PM
As I've said if any teacher in my kids' school were convicted of a crime (and by some miracle had not been fired) I would pull my kids from that school. No situation is perfect but it just seems like common sense to me not to want a convicted batterer to teach your child. I never said the dojo was unsafe currently. I said I would never sign my kids up now (Why would I when the owner who teaches might end up being convicted of sex assault?) and would "think twice about staying" if they were enrolled. I didn't say I would leave immediately or the dojo was unsafe. The implied meaning in there is that Rossini might be able to return if he is cleared of the sex assault charge. And for me, an environment where the idea of a convicted batterer teaching children is okay would not be safe. That is my OPINION. i have no ulterior motive. This is a news story that is happening in my area and I commented on it. You seem to be the one with some chip on your shoulder. Why does it matter so much to you what I think anyway? If you think your kids are safe there, that's up to you.
evie jane June 04, 2012 at 06:04 PM
How does stating that i wouldn't sign up my kids at mass dojo and that Rossini is a convicted batterer constitute an agenda? What would my agenda possibly be? As for your question on why your analogy of the OJ case to rossini's is fallacious, your arguments have so many logical inconsistencies including attacking the person you don't agree with (ad hominem logical fallacy), the Ad ignorantiam fallacy (basically stating that your belief is true because we can't know for sure whether it's false.), false analogy fallacy, etc. It's clear you have an opinion that you believe to be true but you want to state it as fact so you are using anecdotes and insults to try to make it seem like you're an authority. You were defending Rossini, quite fervantly. I never said anything about him except he was a convicted batterer(fact) and I wouldn't want him teaching my kids (opinion).
Carolina June 23, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Wow, after reading thru this it sounds like these multiple comments have been posted by a few people at most. I suspect the back story regarding a custody battle and prior bitter battling is at the root here. It is not even clear what the charges are against this man. It is vague. I do not see the connection necessarily between the domestic assault and the indecency against a minor. I will have to reserve judgment until hearing the specifics around this case. There seems to be much potentially for harassment when a custody battle is ensuing.
Hulk Hogan June 26, 2012 at 03:36 PM
@Carolina - If you open your eyes you can see the duodenum, muddy huh, you may want to wake up and smell the trash that is building up in the yard. The neighbors are asking about the strange bald guy who never leaves the house.
CP July 12, 2012 at 05:23 PM
It's my understanding that the custody issue was filed AFTER the child came forward. Which is completely understandable in my opinion.
Dr. Spock July 13, 2012 at 09:56 AM
Email sensei@massdojo.com and ask for his resignation. The Dojo must go on and Sandusky is waiting to step in and coach in his jumpsuit
Rebecca July 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Please take your head out of the sand. The connection between his prior domestic assault conviction and the indecent assault on a minor charges is his fitness to teach children. And the charges against him are quite clear - if you are inclined to accept them.
Rebecca July 14, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Most parents would be outraged and immediately demand some sort of action when a man who has a facing role with their children has been, unbeknownst to them, convicted of domestic assault. They would also question the leadership of anyone who gave/gives such a man a pass and continued access to their children. http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/07/14/boston_parents_seek_to_oust_superintendent_carol_johnson/?p1=News_links

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