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Man wrongly accused of sexual assault in Boston Municipal Court demands an apology

April 10, 2014,

Ross Currier, 26, an accountant was seen in the North end of Boston playing basketball by a woman who had been recently sexually assaulted. She told police that she was 90 to 95% sure that he was the man who assaulted her. Currier was arrested and charged with sexual assault, he was released on bail and forced to wear a GPS bracelet on his leg this past month.

It was only after his alibi checked out through independent witnesses that the prosecutor agreed that they had arrested the wrong man. The case was dismissed in Boston Municipal Court and Currier made a statement to the press requesting someone take responsibility for what happened and apologize.

This incident is a strong reminder of how eye witnesses and victims can misidentify a suspect very easily. What happens in a traumatic moment can be remembered far differently than what actually occurred. Our brains process and remember sensory input differently and memory accuracy is affected by stress and anxiety.

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Somerville man accused of sexually assaulting three women

November 18, 2011,

Alfredo R Posada, 22, of Somerville was held without bail in Somerville District Court pending a dangerousness hearing to be held on Tuesday. Posada is charged with one count of assault to rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery.

It's alleged that Posada groped three women in late-night attacks in Somerville. He is said to have followed each woman before attacking them from behind, each woman was walking alone at the time.

Frank Fernandez is a Somerville criminal defense attorney who handles sexual assault cases

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A Mashpee firefighter was charged in Falmouth District Court with rape and indecent assault and battery

October 7, 2011,

Stephen P. Bold was arrested by the Mashpee police on Wednesday on charges of rape and indecent assault and battery. The police did not provide specifics about the allegations but we know it's related to a female who is not a member of his family.

The charges of rape and indecent assault and battery are not alleged to have happened while he was on duty as a firefighter but rather at some point while off duty. Bold has been honored for his work as a paramedic and firefighter, is been part of the force for over 20 years.

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A federal immigration sweep has led to the detention of over 2900 illegal immigrants in the US 62 of which were located in Massachusetts and detained for removal

September 29, 2011,

This took place after a national effort to find and remove illegal immigrants with prior criminal convictions some with multiple criminal convictions. US immigration and customs enforcement better known as ICE conducted a nationwide sweep that lasted seven days which detained immigrants with felony convictions such as: manslaughter attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, drug trafficking, child abuse, sexual crimes and aggravated assault. ICE named this operation crosscheck and said it was the largest of its kind involved over 1900 officers and agents from the 24 field offices with police organizations offering assistance.

19 arrests occurred in Boston, many of those arrested were already considered immigration fugitives in that they had been previously ordered removed from the country but failed to leave, some had been previously deported and had reentered illegally.

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A Hingham teenager was arrested after streaking at a youth baseball game

August 3, 2011,

A large crowd of adults and about 35 to 40 9-year-old children witnessed a teenager climb over the outfield fence at Lynch field naked with a T-shirt covering his face. The teenager ran around streaking in the outfield until he jumped the outfield fence again and fled in a waiting truck.

The teenager had dropped his cell phone on the field. The truck was spotted a short time later at the Hingham bathing beach. Police spotted teenagers by the truck one of them was identified from a photograph found on the phone.

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Two female "strippers" arrested in Brookline for robbing men

June 15, 2011,

Three men decided to order "strippers" at 4:30am the other night from their Brookline apartment on Freeman Street. They looked on the website called eros.com where escorts will post their photo and contact information related to services.

The three men told police that they contracted two women from the site to perform a strip show. When the women arrived they were not the ones which appeared in the photos on the website so the men canceled the performance and refused to pay. This is when one of the women hit one of them in the face and grabbed the $800 he had in his hand and stuffed it in her bra; the other woman then pushed a second man who attempted to get the money back. Both women then fled the apartment.

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Quincy businessman pleads not guilty to aggravated statutory rape, sex for a fee and trafficking in cocaine released on $150,000 cash bail

May 10, 2011,

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.

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Assistant teacher in Brookline charged with indecent assault and battery

January 13, 2011,

Joseph Musculus, 27 of Walpole, has been charged by the Brooklyn police with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a female high school student. He is accused of pinching the students but on two separate occasions. Musculus is an assistant teacher in the school's food service and restaurant classes where he has worked for the past seven years.

The female student told the police that she did not feel threatened and considers Musculus a good friend. The student claims that Musculus pinched her buttox in class on two separate occasions. The mother of the student told police that her daughter would greet Musculus with a hug or kiss and believes that Musculus did not mean any harm to her daughter.

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Chelsea clerk magistrate sentenced in Massachusetts federal court to 2 years in jail for receiving oral sex from 2 accused prostitutes in exchange for help in getting rid of their cases

December 17, 2010,

A former clerk magistrate of the Chelsea district court was sentenced in federal court yesterday to two years in jail for deprivation of civil rights. The case involved two women who faced criminal charges in Chelsea court and promises by 43 year old Burke, the magistrate, to help dismiss their cases in return for oral sex. The women gave him oral sex in the courthouse, one woman being removed by Burke from custody to do so.

Federal charges were brought against Burke rather than state charges, the decision to charge someone federally or in the state courts is made by each individual prosecutor's office. Usually the state and federal prosecutors work in conjunction with each other and allowing either one or the other to pursue a case rather than both at the same time. Federal charges for deprivation of civil rights come about when a person in a position of public authority abuses that position violating another's rights. This type of charge is not as common as federal conspiracy to violate drug laws, or other more common federal crimes.

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Arrests by Massachusetts transit police for sex crime of open and gross lewdness is up in 2010

December 13, 2010,

35 people have been arrested by transit police in 2010 for open and gross lewdness on public transit in massachusetts compared to only 19 arrests in 2009.

The latest arrest was this Friday when Donnie McLean, 46, a registered level 3 sex offender with two prior convictions for open and gross lewdness was arrested on the route 28 bus in Dorchester after exposing himself to a woman. The woman got off at the Ruggles police station and reported him to the authorities who arrested him shortly after.

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Student faces sexual assault charges for questionable wrestling move used on another student during wrestling practice

December 9, 2010,

A highschool wrestler in Fresno, California faces sexual assault charges for performing a "butt drag" wrestling move on another student in practice.

A "butt drag" is a wrestling move in which a wrestler grabs the other between the butt cheeks to gain leverage to either move his opponent or swing himself into a better position. It does not include sticking ones fingers inside the rectum of the other wrestler but can be performed by gaining leverage between the butt cheeks without any type of penetration.

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