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Jan 25, 2016 6:01 PM

Massachusetts business man convicted of kidnapping woman at Dover hotel

DOVER - A Massachusetts businessman has been convicted of kidnapping a Rochester woman at a Dover hotel in September 2013.

Thomas Minichiello lured the woman to a hotel room under the pretense of applying for a job.

The woman met Minichiello at a restaurant and then went to the hotel under the guise of filling out an application.

Instead, she was held against her will for several hours.

Prosecutors described Minichiello as manipulative and delusional.

The defense argued the encounter was consensual.

The victim did not claim to be raped but said she was sexually assaulted.

Minichello faces up to seven years in jail.

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