Anger management: Former mayor Caravati will get counseling
Former mayor Blake Caravati appeared in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court October 21 to face an assault and battery charge on a family member.
Greene Commonwealth's Attorney Ron Morris was brought in as special prosecutor for the brief hearing. Caravati and his wife, Paula, both clad in dark suits, stood before Judge Dwight Johnson, who agreed to a deferred disposition of nine months of counseling and a condition of good behavior because it was the first time Caravati had been charged with domestic assault. After that, the charge may be dismissed.
Morris told the judge that the defense stipulated there was enough evidence to find Caravati guilty. He said Caravati had been attending counseling since September and was addressing personal and anger-management issues.
The prosecutor recommended that Caravati continue with the counseling, including battery intervention counseling, and said he'd discussed it with Mrs. Caravati. "She doesn't want to testify," said Morris.
The action stems from September 9, when Paula Caravati called police to say that as she and her husband had an argument he'd grabbed her arm. The officer who responded to their Little High Street home observed a bruise on her arm, Morris told Judge Johnson.
Blake Caravati told the officer they'd had an argument and pushed each other, said Morris.
Caravati, who was mayor from 2000 to 2002 and served two terms on City Council, declined to comment after the hearing. "I don't think either one of them wants to say anything," said Caravati's attorney, Sheila Haughey.
Blake and Paula Caravati left the courthouse together.