Developer William O'Connell who is known for having created the Marina Bay development and more recently the Granite links golf course was released yesterday in Quincy District Court on $150,000 cash bail for charges of aggravated statutory rape, sex for a fee and trafficking in cocaine.
Not much is known about the specifics of the case since the alleged victim is a minor, it appears there are two counts of statutory rape and two counts of sex for a fee, it is alleged that he was in possession of 19 grams of cocaine upon his arrest and therefore was charged with trafficking in cocaine.
The judge made a point of stating at his arraignment that he would be treated like everyone else who encounters the criminal justice system. The Trafficking in cocaine charge alone carries a mandatory minimum three years in jail.
This is a case that will be taken to the Middlesex Superior Court by way of a grand jury indictment it will most likely not be resolved in Quincy District Court. It is the Commonwealth that decides whether they wish to indict a case and take it to Superior Court.
Frank Fernandez is a Boston criminal lawyer who handles both rape charges and drug offenses such as trafficking in cocaine in Boston and throughout all of Massachusetts. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation.