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Mass. couple in casino fight resolve cases

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Mass. couple in casino fight resolve cases

Police alleged sex agreement led to dispute
Mass. couple in casino fight resolve cases
Elizabeth Araiza, left, and Dmitri Houff outside City Court.
Photographer: Steven Cook

Cases against a Massachusetts couple charged after an argument police alleged began over an agreement for group sex at the new Rivers Casino & Resort have been resolved.

Elizabeth Araiza, 49, and Dmitri Houff, 62, both appeared in court Friday morning. Araiza pleaded guilty to a violation disorderly conduct count, satisfying a more serious misdemeanor obstructing count. Houff accepted a resolution that could see his misdemeanor obstructing case dismissed outright in six months.

Police arrested the couple early on Feb. 12 during the casino's first weekend in operation. Araiza was accused of fighting inside the casino's Duke's Chophouse and refusing officers' orders, Houff also of refusing officers' orders.

A third person charged in the case, 21-year-old Judy Maxwell, of Troy, appeared in court two weeks ago and resolved her case. She was offered a special plea to a violation disorderly conduct charge that allowed her to plead guilty without admitting to the formal allegation against her — that of throwing a glass.

Police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Dearing has previously said the argument erupted over an agreement between the three for sex, after someone suggested adding a fourth person. He cited the police report.

Both Araiza and Houff have both vehemently denied the allegations of any agreement for sex. Maxwell has also reportedly denied the allegations, as well.

The police report includes the sex allegations, but it doesn't attribute them to any specific person, only reading "while discussing a possible threesome" the three charged "got into a physical altercation in regards to having an additional fourth party join."

The city released the police report to The Gazette this week in response to a freedom of information law request.

Araiza repeated prior comments related to the sex allegations. "I wish whoever said it would apologize," she said.

She said she also consulted with an attorney about possible civil action against either the casino or the Police Department. She did not name the attorney.

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