Ashland Teen Faces Decade in Prison for Defacing Hindu Temple

November 27, 2003

Source: Metro West

On November 27, 2003 Metro West reported that "an Ashland teen faces more than a decade in jail if he is convicted of spray painting hate messages on a Hindu temple in Ashland on Halloween.

Anthony Picciolo, 17, of 15 Roberts Road was released without bail by Judge Paul Healy at his arraignment yesterday in Framingham District Court.

He is charged with destruction or threats to a place of worship causing more than $5,000 worth of damage, malicious destruction of property of more than $250, tagging and a civil rights violation, according to court records.

Police said Piccioli spray painted 'Sand N------ beware,' and 'head,' on a rock near the Hindu temple. Police said 'head' was short for 'towel head.'

In a warrant application filed by Officer Gregory Fawkes, he said he also saw a pentagram spray painted in white on the temple parking lot."