Articles Posted in Sexual Assaults

We are not even halfway through 2015, but Urbelis Law has already had a very busy, and productive year with great results for our clients! Below is a list of cases that resolved very favorably for our clients since January 1st of 2015. We look forward to continuing to achieve such results for the remainder of the year and beyond!

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FEDERAL CHARGES: Client was a middle school teacher with the 3 lead charges of the indictment carrying a MANDATORY MINIMUM sentence of 15 years in federal prison, each. There is no parole in federal cases. Client was also charged with two lesser included offenses as well.

Yesterday, Ross Currier, a Boston man, was cleared of sexual assault charges in the North End. Suffolk County prosecutors entered a nolle prosequi, which resulted in the termination of the charges of assault and battery, which carries a maximum penalty of 2 years in the House of Corrections, and indecent assault and battery, which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in the House of Corrections, that Currier had been facing stemming from an incident that occurred on February 15, 2014.

On February 15, 2014, a woman told police that she was approached from behind earlier that morning outside her North End apartment by a man who then threw her to the ground, groped her body and private areas, and took a picture under her skirt with his cellphone. Police arrested Currier on March 10 after the same woman saw him in the neighborhood and told police officers that she was “90 to 95% positive” that he was the man who attacked her. Not only did Currier have an alibi, stating that he was at home with his fiancee at the time of the woman’s attack, but the same woman had already previously misidentified another man as her attacker. The other man was incarcerated at the time of the attack and could not have possibly committed the crime.

District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in a statement Wednesday that while prosecutors do believe the woman acted in good faith when she identified Currier, investigators later “developed evidence to suggest he was not the assailant.” That evidence included a detailed review of Currier’s alibi, a forensic investigation of his cellphone and an investigation of related cell tower location records.

After last year’s string of sexual assaults in the north end, women living in Boston’s historic Italian neighborhood had a reason to become weary again last month. A woman was attacked around 1 am when entering the foyer of her Unity Street home. The attacker pushed the woman into her foyer, indecently assaulted her, and took a picture up her skirt with his cellphone before fleeing.

On Monday night, the victim contacted police after she spotted the man she believe attacked her last month. He was playing basketball in the North End. Ross Currier, 26, was arrested that evening, and arraigned in court the following day. Police Superintendent Robert Merner praised the woman for coming forward and being proactive in the search for her attacker, stating “We think it’s tremendous that the woman [responded] the way she did.

In my opinion, residents of the north end should not completely feel comfortable that the perpetrator of the sexual assault in their neighborhood last month has been caught. There are some real issues with the identification of Mr. Currier as the attacker.