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Family Fun Center Owner Charged with Sex Assault l WPRI.com

There are 18 comments on the WPRI Providence and Rhode Island story from Feb 19, 2009, titled Family Fun Center Owner Charged with Sex Assault l WPRI.com. In it, WPRI Providence and Rhode Island reports that:

The owner of the Family Fun Center in North Smithfield is scheduled to be in court Thursday afternoon on sexual assault charges.

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Lena

North Kingstown, RI

#1 Feb 20, 2009
I am not surprised to hear that Tom Marsella was finally charged with sexual assault. God has ear and eyes!
Anonymous Employee

Providence, RI

#2 Feb 20, 2009
As an employee of the Family Fun Center I find these accusations blown out of proportion. The story was delivered on the news i find false and here are the errors: If the charge would be considered anything it would be harrasement not assault. Only two of the girls still worked there when bringing up the charges and then proceeded to contact employees from months and years previous. The other two girls aren't exactly reliable sources. The building hasn't even been open for more than 2-2 1/2 years so how has this effected all girls for periods of years? Another statement i found to be false was the girls accused him of feeling un-comfortable with back massages and nothing else. Sometimes the massages were even asked for. If the girls felt uncomfortable why didn't they say no forcefully or pull Tom aside and explain their feelings to him? The statements don't add up and its a shame to have had him arrested in front of customers and most so his children. His wife now struggles with five children and a business to run all on her own. The girls making the accusation blew it out of proportion and thought nothing of the consequences it would have on his life and his family.
Concerned Observer

Charlotte, NC

#3 Feb 20, 2009
I think that the public should remember the fact that Mr. Marsella is innocent until proven guilty. People are so quick to judge and the facts have yet to be proven in this case they are no more than accusations at this point and should not be taken as anymore than that ACCUSATIONS! Let the man have his day in court and be judged by his peers before condemning him in the media.
ex-employee

Pawtucket, RI

#4 Feb 21, 2009
most of the girls never new it was happening to each other 6 + girls have quit and 2 boys because of his actions you cant say something is blown out when you weren't with them for dais on in of them crying for hours and hours no female crys for hours on end and make it all up ...it jus doesnt happen considering im best friends with 2 of the girls and im pretty sure theres no employees liveing in mass and working there
Eric

Cranston, RI

#5 Feb 22, 2009
Innocent until proven.......... innocent
I stand behind Tom. He has been there for my family, I'll be there for his.

I find it very interesting that many of the comments on line are anonymous, everyone has an opinion but unless you are "related" to the issue thats all you have. Unless you have lived the moment, you have only an opinion. If you haven't, then you must let the system do the job we all expect it to do.

I too have an opinion, and many of the posts reflect it. but my opinion is still just that, my opinion, until the truth comes out.
Anonymous Employee

Providence, RI

#6 Feb 23, 2009
ex-employee wrote:
most of the girls never new it was happening to each other 6 + girls have quit and 2 boys because of his actions you cant say something is blown out when you weren't with them for dais on in of them crying for hours and hours no female crys for hours on end and make it all up ...it jus doesnt happen considering im best friends with 2 of the girls and im pretty sure theres no employees liveing in mass and working there
One employee lives in MA but its not me and no employee lives in ohio either... the computer put that there. And though maybe a few of my opinions have changed so far, now i'm just watching the court do its thing and the case will play out according to the facts shown.

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#7 Feb 23, 2009
Based on his previous convictions, this guy is a perv/pedofile. Maybe we should just be thankful that his kids won't have to endure these disgusting behaviors in the future. Why would multiple girls come forward. That's a touchy subject not to mention embarrassing. Your dignity is removed when it happens.
BONNIE

Providence, RI

#8 Feb 24, 2009
Totally agreed with Papertiger's comment. Nobody would come forward for nothing. Mr. Marsella shouldn't be touching any of his employees! He knows the law!
Mark

North Kingstown, RI

#9 Feb 25, 2009
I've been once there playing Laser tags, nice place. But those employees are saying is true, I wouldn't go there again. You are not suppose to touch or do massages to anybody you work with. This is a red flag! Wrong, wrong, wrong!
Rich

Providence, RI

#10 Feb 26, 2009
I don't know if Tom did it or not. But the only problem in Rhode Island when it comes to a sex crime, you ARE Guilty until proven innocent. Believe me I know!!!!!!!!
What I'll say Tom, if you did it I hope you get what you deserve. If you did not do it, I SURE HOPE you have a GOOD attorney!
Chef Mama

Cumberland, RI

#11 Feb 27, 2009
Beat it grease ball....like you will be doing for the next 8 -10 years.
Remote Control

Somers, CT

#12 Mar 1, 2009
Do you guys sell pizza?
Chef Mama

Cumberland, RI

#13 Mar 3, 2009
Yeah come in and grab his sausage and meatballs....he likes that!
Mark

North Kingstown, RI

#14 Mar 4, 2009
Anybody knows what happened to Mr. Marsella? Was he guilty or innocent? Is it safe to go for us to play Lazer Wars????
portuguese best

Newport, RI

#15 Mar 5, 2009
ithink this man is sick he deserves to be locked upo with a bunch of man to kick his butt i dont feel bad for the wife i know she must of known something comeon unless your an idiot i think she just wanted the money and screw everyone else i hope they beat his butt in prison hes a sick man if i was one of those parents he would make it to jail sick man
Eric

Newport, RI

#16 Jun 5, 2009
ALL CHARGES HAVE BEEN DROPPED!!!!! THE STATE WILL NOT GO FORWARD WITH THE CASE!!!!!

Now what are you going to do after bashing the man and his family?
kayla

Dighton, MA

#17 Apr 9, 2012
Two years later and he's still doing it... I'm a recent employee who quit due to the way he treated me. Publicly humiliated me in front of customers for making a mistake and for making multiple sexual comments. He's not someone who should be working with children
annonymous

Warwick, RI

#19 Oct 17, 2014
kayla wrote:
Two years later and he's still doing it... I'm a recent employee who quit due to the way he treated me. Publicly humiliated me in front of customers for making a mistake and for making multiple sexual comments. He's not someone who should be working with children
Kayla, if he did it to you, you need to report him. I know this is a little late but I wasted time before coming forward. The case was only originally dropped and he was let go on a $500,000.00 bond because none of us girls had any physical evidence. "He didn't come on any of you and there was lack of physical evidence that he did in fact enter your body in any case because noone went and reported him right after or got any video footage." that was what we were told before we left the courthouse that day. If you or anyone else you may know is going through this just come forward immediately. It took me months after I decided not to show up for work one day to finally come forward and tell my side of it all and I only did it because the rest of the girls came together and approached me about it. We need this man put behind bars...

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