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Romance Studies Professor Allegedly Taps Woman with Brass Knuckles

The Boston University professor, who lives on Moulton Road, allegedly was upset that the woman was doing the dishes.

A Romance Studies professor at Boston University allegedly lightly “thumped” a woman in the ribs with brass knuckles Sunday afternoon after he became aggravated that she was doing the dishes.

The woman told police that she was washing the dishes shortly after 3 p.m., and the professor got angry because he enjoys doing them at night. The professor said the woman put more than $3,000 worth of charges on his credit card without his authorization. He denied the alleged abuse.

Pedro C. Lasarte, 65, of Moulton Road, was arrested by Arlington police on Moulton Road and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and carrying a dangerous weapon. Lasarte is listed as a Spanish professor in Boston University’s Romance Studies department on the school’s website.

He was arrested in October in Arlington for violating an abuse prevention order.

Police responded to Lasarte’s residence at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police said Lasarte was “belligerent” toward the officers when they arrived.

After he was handcuffed, Lasarte told police about the charges on his credit card. He said he never touched the woman or used any physical force against her.

He said he brought the brass knuckles from Peru roughly 30 years ago and did not realize that they were illegal in the state.

When Lasarte was told he was being arrested, he allegedly said, “You gotta be kidding me, you’re really taking me in for this?”

The woman told police that while she was doing the dishes, Lasarte began scraping her upper left arm with a key. Police said there were visible scratch marks on the woman’s arm.

The woman said Lasarte then pulled out his brass knuckles and said, “I know where to hit you with these where there won’t be a mark.”

After that, he lightly “thumped” her in the ribs, she said. She then called police.

x February 14, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Well, he is a Professor of Romance. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Melanie Dorman February 16, 2013 at 05:51 PM
I certainly hope you are being sardonic.....otherwise a very inappropriate remark!
Mr Myagi February 18, 2013 at 04:44 PM
That's funny and completely appropriate too. People have changed so much Reverend, not for the better either.
Jake February 18, 2013 at 05:57 PM
These are the people that have moved into Arlington. What ever happened to our former town selectwoman and her court case?
Tim February 19, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Are you meaning the Bosses Boss? I am sure this is Gerry's going away gift
Jake February 19, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Yes what happened to her?
Tim February 19, 2013 at 03:07 AM
She is getting away with it thats whats happening to her
Soured Kraut February 19, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Good point Tim, whatever happened to Annie LaCourt's day in court? I thought she was due back in court on January 30, but haven't seen any news reports. Probably the democratic establishment taking care of one of its own.
Tim February 19, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Sour , this case will have more continuances than the number of beer pong balls in her house, til one day when nobody is looking they slip the old " continuance without a finding " . Mr and Mrs LaCourt will walk away Scott free . Then Arrogant Annie will run for office again .. Hopefully I will be living on the Cape way far away from Arlington and its corrupt beings .
Chris O February 19, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Perhaps the reporters could look into this. These things just don't go away.
John Waller (Editor) February 19, 2013 at 07:38 PM
There have been a few pre-trial hearings. Nothing of substance yet.

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