High School Station Advisor Dies During Rape Trial
January 23, 2007 at 5:52 AM (PT)
A former high school teacher who served as the longtime advisor to MAYNARD (MA) HIGH SCHOOL noncommercial WAVM/MAYNARD, MA and had been accused of raping a student died MONDAY night after a day-long court hearing. JOSEPH MAGNO, 66, had been indicted a year ago on 18 counts of child rape and indecent assault and battery on a child, to which he had pleaded not guilty.
MAGNO's death at his home in HUDSON came before a jury was to be selected on FRIDAY to hear the case. Among the lurid allegations that followed his arrest, MAGNO was accused of abusing over a dozen other men and giving some of them cars, including a FORD MUSTANG to the then-17-year-old accuser in the primary case. MAGNO had been reported in poor health while awaiting trial.
WAVM, which MAGNO founded at the high school, was in the news for a different reason in recent years, fighting a battle against a religious station operator that filed an application on the same frequency, taking advantage of a competitive filing window opened by an application by WAVM for more power, and the UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS-BOSTON's WUMB. WAVM struck deals with WUMB and LIVING PROOF INC. that allowed the station to remain on the air.