Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 14, 2013

Man accused of sex assault on disabled relative


John and Barbara Bangert live together in town and “spend a lot of time at the nursing home,” police were told by the nurse.

After she saw John Bangert’s actions on March 5, the nurse said she “was very troubled by Mr. Bangert’s actions and that his behavior was clearly criminal and amounted to rape,” the police narrative reads.

During the incident, the nurse also said she saw the woman “had not been injured but that she had moved back slightly. [The nurse] advised me that this small movement was the most she had ever seen [the woman] move,” Hagerty wrote.

After Hagerty spoke with the nurse at the Wingate facility, John and Barbara Bangert both came to the police station “to speak with us regarding their [relative’s] living arrangements at Wingate,” the police report reads.

Barbara Bangert was uncooperative with police at the station, but in a recorded interview, John Bangert said he never committed the act he’s accused of, according to the narrative.

“I asked him if the nurse who had witnessed his actions was just lying about the whole incident and he stated that he did not know,” Hagerty wrote. “He denied any wrong doing and after speaking with us for several minutes he returned to the lobby and left with his sister.”

During their conversation, John Bangert “did not show any type of emotion whatsoever, which seemed odd to me since we were accusing him of” the crimes, Hagerty wrote.

On Thursday, police spoke with Assistant District Attorney Melissa Woodward about Andover Police’s investigation. She told Andover police that “Mr. John Bangert should be arrested for rape, incest, and indecent assault and battery on a person over 65,” according to a supplemental narrative from Hagerty documenting John Bangert’s arrest.

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