Fisherman Charged in Observer-Harassment Case

Boston Herald: A Gloucester fisherman is facing charges for hugging and putting his tongue in the ear of a federal fisheries monitor—in a case that sparked immediate suspicion among fishing industry advocates.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said the Major Crimes Unit in Boston is prosecuting John Cusick, 49, on charges of assault and sexual harassment for allegedly hugging and putting his tongue in the ear of an unidentified monitor aboard the Sea Farmer II in July.

Note: Federal fisheries monitors, or observers, are hired by the government to observe commercial fishing operations at sea and to ensure compliance with federal fisheries laws and to report violations. Many commercial fishermen resent having to accommodate these observers.

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