Police: School Committee Chairman Solicited Girls for Sex on Craigslist

The Cohasset, Massachusetts, school committee chairman has been arrested in a sex sting, according to Cambridge Police.

The investigation began on June 30 when a craigslist job soliciting an office assistant was determined to be a "false job which is actually soliciting girls for sex," according to the special investigations unit.

The job description read in part:

"compensation: depends on experience (Looking for an outgoing, fun, energetic, cute office assistant. Ideal candidate would have some college training or a college degree and be between 22 and 32 years old. Dress code is casual, but short skirts area always preferred because it's mostly guys!)"

The special investigations unit worked to arrange a meeting between an undercover officer and the suspect, 43-year-old Paul Ognibene of Cohasset. On July 14 around 6:30 p.m., they met at a prearranged location as the special investigation unit conducted surveillance.

As Ognibene looked over the resume, he told the undercover officer that her duties would include filing, computer work, and driving Ognibene around. He said that the officer would also be his personal assistant, which would include lunch dates, hanging out in a hotel hot tub, massages with a "happy ending," and fantasy phone sex. He stated that the assistant would be paid $50 per hour.

The suspect asked the undercover officer is she would do a trial run later that night. They agreed to meet at his office between 10 and 10:30 p.m.

Cambridge Police approached Ognibene and placed him under arrest. He has been charged with sexual conduct for fee. He was arraigned in Cambridge District Court and released on personal recognizance bail, under the condition that he stay away from the Cambridge Side Galleria Mall where the alleged incident took place.

Ognibene will appear in court again on July 27.

Cohasset Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Cataldo says Ognibene has stepped down.

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