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Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teen Boy in Hightstown

A witness captured the alleged crime on a cell phone photo and alerted police.

A 43-year-old man was captured on camera performing oral sex on a 15-year-old boy near Peddie Lake in Hightstown Sunday night, according to police.

A witness who took a cell phone photo of the crime alerted authorities, police said. The man, identified by police as Thomas A. Massaro of Meadow Drive, allegedly offered the teen money to perform the sexual act.

Massaro was charged with sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a minor and prostitution involving a minor, and was being held at the Mercer County Adult Correction Center on $50,000 bail.

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Andy Schwartz September 03, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Obviously the Hightstown Police knew about this guy since his parents were always bai,ling him out of trouble. In such a small town, why was this guy allowed to walk around town without a bit of surveillance...My previous points, are a result of the Patch staff not following this story properly. I'm sure there was an arraignment, wouldn't you all think that someone reporting for the Patch would have at least gotten a transcript on record, do a background check...? If it weren't for all of the neighbors above, the first issue here and probably still remains: this is the United States. Everyone is entitled to a fair trial by law regardless of their alleged and we must unfortunately use the word "alleged," as this man has not been declared guilty as of yet.
Andy Schwartz September 03, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Leslie, Please! Your answer does not give any background history on this man's behavior nor has anyone provided information from the arraignment. Question my credentials? I don't find the need to spell nor grammar check my replies to a story that you will not take responsibility for. Did you ever hear of an "Op-Ed" page, Leslie? Maybe you should have one, rather than to shoot darts at individuals who are simply questioning the entirely of the story!
Helen Massaro October 09, 2012 at 07:19 AM
First i would like to address the Ex neighbor. You seem to have a lot of faulse infomation about his parents. He spent one month in Rikers Island by court order for domestice vilance because he found out his ex wife was cheating on him and never got bailed out and is on probation for that.he hasn't been in jail since this incidint and that was 3 years ago. This all took place in new york. He moved here to straighten his life out, get a job and save money for an apartment of his own . Don't you people know buy now you can't believe everything you read in the paper. The boy was yelled at for taking the beer a few times but didn't listen. The man hasn't been indited yet and hasn't been accused of all the accusations and all of you are hanging him.Let the courts decide. If he is found guilty he will have to pay the consiquences. He will never live in hightstown again and for you information there are 2 petifiles living right in hightston. He has a tough road ahead and I pray that The Lord leads him in the right direction and watches over him. I also want to thank Andy Schwartz for saying some good things about this case. ...PS to the Ex neighbor we are living here 8 years and haven't talked to anyone about our family problems.
Ex neighbor October 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Helen your way of thinking is so warped its laughable. He obviously escalated from abusing women to abusing children. He didn't move to start first he moved because had no choice. The thing you call a son has a rap sheet that is filled with violence. So it took eight years for him to fuck up? So you know where he was and what he was doing every moment of the day? The fact that you found it appreciate to bring up the victim, a special needs child .... a CHILD regardless who had not developed the capacity to use reasoning or judgement, is pathetic. Your an enabler of the worst kind because you will never be able to see what is right in front of your face. I pity you; sometimes good parents raise a criminal -- that doesn't apply to you. You had to come defend him on this page; you should worry about defending the family name he tarnished ... The one everyone in your town knows ... The one every child in your grandchildren's class now knows. Oh and its spelled pedophile you should become familiar with the definition and spelling. PS there's this thing called word of mouth and the Internet.
Hightstown Concerned Citizen November 15, 2012 at 07:50 PM
To the ex neighbor - thanks - you took the words right out of my mouth. Tom Massaro is 43, if he hasn't gotten his life straight by now and is doing violence to children (special needs or not), violence to women for whatever excuse you can come up with - then this guy needs to stay behind bars. He has RUINED the life of a boy that is already having issues by being special needs, that boy will never forget this - EVER. And blaming him for drinking the beer - PULEESE - your son shouldn't have given him any beer, he could have kept the beer away from the boy if he'd wanted to, obviously it was much easier to molest someone that is intoxicated and doesn't understand what is going on.... stop enabling your son's bad behavior! It is not your fault he turned out this way - but STOP EXCUSING HIM!

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