Salem man accused of assaulting two disabled people arraigned Tuesday

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SALEM, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A 64-year-old man from Salem, who is facing indecent assault and battery charges amid allegations that he assaulted two developmentally disabled people while working for a transportation company, was arraigned Tuesday.

Robert T. Buckley, 64, was formally charged with four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person with a developmental/intellectual disability and a single count of intimidation of a witness.

Buckley was arrested Tuesday after Mass. State Police began investigating a telephone complaint received by the Disabled Persons Protection Commission. He is accused of assaulting two victims in their 20s whom investigators say he regularly transported while working for an unidentified private transportation company.

"These victims were made vulnerable by a disability that this man allegedly exploited," Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. "The charges are shocking and disturbing. Fortunately, there are a great many people who care for these victims. They come from law enforcement, social services, and clinical disciplines, but they are all committed to protecting these innocent victims from further harm."

The 64-year-old was held on $1,000 bail and will return to court on Jan 3.