March 6, 2011

School Bus Driver Charged with Rape of 5 Year Old Child

Sergio Lara, 53, owner of Maya Transportation, a private school bus company, was arraigned in Chelsea District Court last week on Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges for allegedly raping a 5 year old girl. He was formally charged with Rape of a Child and Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Sergio Lara owns the private school bus company that contracts with the cities of Revere, Chelsea and East Boston. Lara was driving the girl home from school, and alleged committed the sexual assault before dropping the girl off. When the child was dropped off, she told her parents what had happened and the alleged rape was reported.

Following his arraignment on Rape of a Child and Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child, Lara was held on $100,000 cash bail.

Given the serious nature and extreme consequences, including Sex Offender Registration, those charged with any Massachusetts Sex Crimes should immediately Contact a Boston Sex Crimes Lawyer.

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March 1, 2011

Malden Man Arrested in Cambridge Bar Stabbing

Ricardo Garcia, 23, of Malden, was arrested last Friday for allegedly stabbing another man in the chest at Tommy Doyle's Pub in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Garcia was formally charged with Armed Assault to Murder, Resisting Arrest and Possession of Class E Drugs.

According to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, Cambridge Police Officers responded to the Cambridge bar at approximately 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning and found a 48 year old Somerville man bleeding from the chest. He was able to inform officers that he was trying to break up a fight in the bar when another man came and stabbed him in the chest.

The alleged stabber, Ricardo Garcia, was held by the bar staff until Cambridge Police Officers arrived. A search of Garcia allegedly yielded a folding knife and several illegal pills.

Apparently, the other man involved in the fight had already been asked to leave before Cambridge Police arrived, and it is not clear if his identity is known and/or whether additional charges will be sought.

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February 27, 2011

Massachusetts State Police Arrest Danvers Man for Kidnapping Girlfriend

Nathaniel Hudon, 31, of Danvers, was arrested yesterday for several Massachusetts Crimes of Violence Charges in connection with the alleged abduction of his 42 year old girlfriend. He is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow morning in Malden District Court on charges including Kidnapping; Assault & Battery; Driving Under the Influence of Narcotics; Reckless Driving; and Failure to Stop for Police.

According to the Massachusetts State Police, Hudon went to the woman's Danvers home at 5:45 a.m. and allegedly convinced her to get into his car - despite that the woman realized that Hudon was allegedly under the influence of cocaine and that she was 'in fear for her life.'

The two eventually traveled onto the Massachusetts Turnpike, where they eventually stopped at the Westborough service plaza to get gas. At that point, the woman reportedly kicked through the window and ran towards the rest stop and used a cellphone to call the police.

When Massachusetts State Police Troopers responded, the woman told them which way Hudon had gone and they then engaged in a reported 20 mile pursuit, which ended when Hudon crashed his car in the Charlton Service Plaza.

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February 26, 2011

Lawrence Man Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges

Wilkins R. Diaz, 35, was arrested last week on Massachusetts Drug Crimes Charges for allegedly dealing in narcotics in the town of Rowley. Diaz is currently held on $25,000 on charges of Drug Trafficking in Heroin and Drug Violation in School Zone pending his arraignment Monday morning in Newburyport District Court.

According to the Rowley Police Department, Diaz was arrested following a joint investigation involving the Ipswich, Beverly, Danvers and Massachusetts State Police Departments. The investigation, according to police, led them to concentrate their focus on a green Honda Odyssey on Leslie Road in Rowley.

The officers conducting the investigation on February 18, however, noticed that a minivan passed the 'target location' a few times. Using the fact that the minivan had an expired inspection sticker as a pretext, officers pulled the minivan over and questioned the driver, which was Wilkins Diaz.

According to the Essex County District Attorney's Office, officers questioning Diaz allegedly noticed a small bag of heroin on the floor of the vehicle near the driver's side door. A more complete search of the car then allegedly revealed an additional 35 grams of heroin that was found in a 'drug hide' in the car, as well as $2,000 and other purported drug paraphernalia.

So wait a minute, the officers knowing that they can't search the car without probable cause, miraculously discover a bag of heroin on the floor of a car where everything else was hidden in a secret compartment?

...I wouldn't be surprised if what really happened was that Wilkins' car was illegally search and, after the fact, they sought to justify the search by claiming they first observed a single bag of heroin just lying on the floor. ...which scenario sounds more believable to you?

Either way, Wilkins should definitely challenge the lawfulness of the search of his car...

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February 23, 2011

4 Suspects Identified for Billerica Armed Home Invasion

The Middlesex County District Attorney's Office obtained four Arrest Warrants in connection with the Billerica Home Invasion last weekend that resulted in one man being shot. The Arrest Warrants were issued for four Billerica men, Sean Larson, 24; Cory Barry, 18; Ryan Koehler, 22; and Chad LeClair, 33; on charges of Armed Home Invasion; Assault with Intent to Murder; Larceny; and Massachusetts Gun Crimes Charges.

According to the Billerica Police Department, police officers responded to a report of an Armed Home Invasion at 45 Oak Street. On arrival, police officers found a 49 year old male suffering from what is believed to be two gun shot wounds. It is alleged that Larson, Barry, Koehler, and LeClair broke into the man's home sometime around 7:00 p.m. last Sunday night, robbed the home and in the process, allegedly shot the man twice with the shotgun.

Although the Billerica Police Department, with the assistance of Massachusetts State Police and K-9 units made efforts to locate the alleged perpetrators all week, no arrests were made until later in the week when Chad LeClair was arrested Tuesday night and Ryan Koehler was arrested Wednesday morning.

As of the date of this posting, Sean Larson and Cary Barry were still being sought by police.

There are very few Massachusetts Violent Crimes considered more serious and carry the severe penalties that the crime of Home Invasion does. For that reason, if you are a suspect or have been charged with crimes such as Home Invasion, Assault with Intent to Murder or any Massachusetts Gun Crimes, you should immediately Contact a Boston Criminal Lawyer.

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February 22, 2011

Two Boston Men Arrested in Boston Shooting in Dorchester

Michael Wiggins, 18, and Lamar Brison, 20, were both arraigned this morning on Massachusetts Gun & Crimes of Violence Charges in connection with a shooting that left two people hospitalized. Each were charges with several Gun Crimes, including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Assault & Battery and Intimidation of a Witness.

According to the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, two men were shot in Dorchester's Codman Square on Monday at around 9:00 p.m. Both men were taken to Boston area hospitals with gun shot injuries that were reportedly non-life-threatening.

Later that night, Boston Police Officers were called to Boston's Carney Hospital where one of the gunshot victims was being treated to receive a report from a purported witness of the shootings. The unidentified woman told police that she had witnesses the shootings and thereafter was allegedly beat by Wiggins and Brison and threatened not to report what she had seen.

The woman, however, gave a description of the two individuals and Boston Police Officers arrested Michael Wiggins and Lamar Brison at a Dorchester apartment on Wheatland Avenue. A search of the apartment allegedly resulted in the seizure of several items of evidence related to the shooting, including clothing the witness described the two men as wearing that night, as well as a .22 caliber pistol.

Due to the serious nature and consequences, including minimum-mandatory jail sentences, you should immediately Contact a Boston Criminal Lawyer if charged with any Massachusetts Gun Crimes.

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February 21, 2011

Worcester Nightclub Bounder Arrested on Assault & Kidnapping Charges

Easton Byfield, 35, of Oxford, was arrested this past weekend on Massachusetts Crimes of Violence Charges for allegedly assaulting a patron at the nightclub where he was a bouncer. Byfield was formally arrested for the crimes of Assault & Battery; Kidnapping; and Unarmed Robbery.

According to the Worcester Police Department, the assault, which allegedly occurred at the Platinum Premier Club in Worcester, was apparently captured on video by another bouncer. The video apparently shows Easton Byfield punching the purported victim in the face approximately four times, and then taking money out of his wallet.

The Worcester Police Department reports that the alleged incident occurred on May 25, but was not reported because the alleged victim was fearful of retribution.

Easton Byfield, however, on the same date of the alleged incident, apparently filed a police report claiming that the victim allegedly assault him. As a result of the video, the Worcester Police Department has also filed criminal charges of Filing a False Police Report.

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February 20, 2011

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown Sexual Molestation Revelations Are Pathetic Plea for Publicity

scott brown.jpgAs we have all heard by now, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown revealed earlier in the week that he was a Sex Crimes victim. According to his new book and soon to be seen 60 Minutes interview, when he was 10 years old, he was sexually abused by a counselor at a Massachusetts summer camp.

The problem that I have with this is the timing of Scott Brown revealing this and his motives for doing so...

If Senator Scott Brown was really sincere about his reasoning for revealing something so personal about his past, something not even his parents and other members of his immediate family knew about, then why does he refuse to answer reporters' questions about it until 60 Minutes airs his interview? ...if he is so sincere about it and wants to help victims and use his influential position as a state senator to do so, then why wait until you write a book to come out? The answer, of course, is because it's all about the $$$. ...why doesn't he reveal how much 60 Minutes is paying him to keep hush until his interview airs?

That's why, irrespective of whatever may have happened to Scott Brown growing up, his motives for now bringing this information forward clearly don't seem genuine...especially from a political standpoint, as he will now prepare his re-election campaign for 2012.

If supporting victims of sex crimes was an issue so close to his heart, then why did he endorse Republican Jeff Perry, who ran for Congress and was accused of witnessing and doing nothing while a 14 year old girl was sexually assaulted by another police officer?

Because victims' rights and sexual molestation is such a sensitive issue, the media, of course, steers clear about saying anything negative whatsoever about Senator Scott Brown's revelations. On the other hand, what he reveals raises more questions about his ability and integrity to hold such a high political position on behalf of Massachusetts.

Scott Brown, for example, has refused to name the counselor at the camp who sexually abused him. But what if there were other victims? What if this counselor did something more grievous to other children? Even more concerning, what if this person continues to sexually abuse and perhaps even rape younger children even to this day?

...Doesn't his decision to not identify and see prosecution of the alleged 'abuser' put others at risk? How is he then putting victims' rights and the safety of the citizens of Massachusetts as his 'top priority'?

Perhaps this traumatic experience has affected him to such an emotionally degree that I'm not quite sure he is in a position to adequately fulfill his demanding duties as a United States Senator.

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February 19, 2011

Weymouth Man Arrested on Drug Charges of Selling Heroin

Juan Velez, 39, was recently arrested on Massachusetts Drug Crimes Charges for allegedly dealing heroin out of his Weymouth apartment. He was arraigned this past Friday in Quincy District Court on charges of Drug Trafficking in Heroin and Drug Violation in School Zone.

According to the Weymouth Police Department and the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, police executed a search warrant at Velez' Weymouth apartment earlier in the week. In the apartment, officers alleged seized heroin that was packaged for distribution. Weymouth police also seized several thousands of dollars, as well as two cars they allege Velez used to conduct his drug dealing activities.

At this time, it's unclear what prompted the Weymouth Police Department to apply for a Search Warrant for Juan Velez' home. In many cases such as these, the police use various methods in order to obtain the purported probable cause that enables them to obtain a search warrant.

Often times, a drug investigation will be initiated when an 'anonymous tip' or a 'confidential informant' provides information that drugs are being sold from within a certain location. In some cases, police will use a confidential informant to go in and conduct 'controlled drug purchases' from the location they believe drugs are being sold from. Other times, officers will also go undercover to purchase drugs themselves.

When a confidential informant is used in a controlled drug purchase, the officers will often ask the informant to purchase drugs on several different occasions over various dates. In these types of drug investigations, the officers will meet with the informant at a location near the target location, search him to make sure he doesn't have any contraband on him, and then provide him with marked currency to purchase the drugs. At that point, the officers will maintain a surveillance as the informant enters the target apartment to make the drug purchase.

Once the purchase is completed, the offices will maintain surveillance as the informant exits the target location and they will meet up with him at a predetermined location. The informant is again searched and the drugs are provided to the officers conducting the surveillance.

In addition, the officers will seek information from the confidential informant as to how the drug transaction went down, including: a description of the layout of the location and/or the specific apartment number he entered; the names or descriptions of all persons that were in the apartment, as well as the person(s) who were involved in the transaction.

Once a few transactions are conducted in this manner, the police officers will then outline their investigation in an affidavit and apply for a search warrant, which is almost always granted.

Notwithstanding the issuance of a search warrant and ultimate seizure of drugs, money and the arrest of the person under investigation, a search warrant should always be carefully scrutinized to ensure that the affidavit sets forth sufficient probable cause and evaluated for a potential challenged on a Motion to Suppress.

Whenever anyone is arrested and/or charged on Massachusetts Drug Crimes, it is critical that they Consult With a Boston Drug Lawyer.

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February 18, 2011

Framingham Student Charged with Rape of Classmate on School Bus

A Framingham High School student was arrested on Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges and arraigned in Framingham Juvenile Court today on charges including Rape of a Child and Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child Under 14.

According to the Framingham Police Department, the student (whose name was not released because he is a juvenile) was arrested yesterday at Framingham High School for allegedly raping the 14 year old classmate on a school bus Wednesday afternoon. No additional information has been released at this time, including whether there were any witnesses and/or if the bus was in operation or had other passengers.

Notwithstanding the lack of information that has been released concerning these alleged acts, by virtue of having been charged with Rape of a Child, the suggestion is that the sexual conduct allegedly committed as not consensual.

By definition, the criminal offense of Rape of Child involves the sexual intercourse with a child under 16, where the child is compelled by force against his/her will to engage in the act.

By contrast, the Sex Crime of Statutory Rape involves a sexual act that was not carried out under the guise of force.

Additionally, the Sex Crime of Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child Under 14, by definition, involves an alleged touching consisting of an 'indecent' act against a child under 14. For purposes of Massachusetts law, an 'indecent act' is one that is "fundamentally offensive to contemporary standards of decency, most often involving touching the portions of the anatomy thought private.

As with many Massachusetts Sex Crimes, being charged with Rape of a Child and Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child Under 14 is extremely serious, and the consequences upon a conviction for this young man can be devastating. Aside from the potential for commitment to the Department of Youth Services, this defendant could also face Sex Offender Registration; submitting his DNA to the Massachusetts DNA Database; subject him to a term of community parole supervision for life; and could also serve as a predicate sexual offense for civil commitment as a 'sexually dangerous person."

For those reasons, all persons charged with any Massachusetts Sex Crimes would clearly benefit from being represented by an aggressive and competent Boston Sex Crimes Lawyer.

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February 17, 2011

Lowell Woman Charged with Stabbing Assault on Pregnant Teen

Stephanie Gonzalez, 20, of Lowell, was arrested on Massachusetts Crimes of Violence Charges in connection with stabbing of a pregnant 17 year old girl this past Sunday. She was charged with Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and held on $1,000 cash bail following her arraignment in Lowell District Court.

The Lowell Police Department and the Essex County District Attorney's Office alleges that Gonzalez stabbed the young woman at least three times, including once in the back. The alleged incident occurred this past Sunday, which resulted in the pregnant girl suffering from a punctured lung. Despite the attack and after being taken to a Boston hospital, authorities report that the baby is expected to survive.

From all reports, it appears that no witnesses were able to provide information as to what happened, other than confirming that the alleged victim was a resident of the home. Neighbors would only say that they heard women yelling and crying, but couldn't tell police anything specific about the incident.

Interestingly, this incident might present a Defense of Self-Defense, as Gonzalez was also taken to a hospital with injuries of her own and as she maintained that she was the one who was victimized. Given the low cash bail imposed on this case under the alleged circumstances, I wouldn't doubt if that were true...

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February 16, 2011

North Andover High School Coach Arrested on Massachusetts Pornography Charges

David Castricone, the North Andover High School wrestling coach, was arrested Monday at his Sutton business on Sex Crimes Charges of Possession of Child Pornography.

He was released following his arraignment in Lawrence District Court after posting $1,500 bail.

The Associated Press reported that police had received a tip that led to a Search Warrant being executed at Castricone's home. The Search Warrant allegedly yielded images, presumably on his computer, of adult and child pornography, including 77 pictures of women that suggest they were not aware that they were being photographed.

The Essex County District Attorney's Office also alleged that a hidden camera caught David Castricone allegedly entering the North Andover High School girls' locker room several times. At one point, a female student reported that she had seen a man in the locker room with his hands in a specific locker. The investigation of this locker, which is reported to have had holes in it, then led to the discovery of a hidden camera. Police allege that "the holes in the locker door were large enough that a device would be able to record through them."

Massachusetts law defines Possession of Child Pornography as the possession of a photograph or visual reproduction, or depiction by computer, of any child whom the person knows or reasonably should know to be under the age of 18, and the child is engaged or portrayed in any sexual act, or depicted in a sexual pose.

The penalty for Possession of Child Pornography in Massachusetts is up to 5 years in state prison.

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February 15, 2011

Boston Man Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide in Hit and Run...and Drug Crimes Too

Colin Ratiu, 24 of Boston, was arraigned yesterday morning in the Roxbury District Court on Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Crimes Charges, including Vehicular Homicide and Leaving the Scene of an Accident After Causing Death. He was held on $7,500 bail.

Ratiu is alleged to have struck and killed 24 year old Northeastern University graduate student Andrew Prior who was riding his scooter last November and dragged him 150 feet. According to the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Ratiu then allegedly left the scene of the accident.

After the November 14, 2010 crash, Boston homicide detectives reported witnesses told them a silver or grey sport utility vehicle fled from the scene. This past Thursday, Boston Police received an anonymous tip that the grey SUV involved in the accident had been driven by Ratiu. Police then located the SUV in Roslindale, which allegedly still had front-end damage on the right fender and windshield, and both front air bags had been deployed.

Although the vehicle did not belong to Ratiu, Boston Police alleged that the owner of the SUV informed police that Ratiu had used the car in November and claimed that the damage resulted from him hitting something to avoid hitting a skunk.

Following his arraignment yesterday in Roxbury Court, however, Boston Police Officers executed a Search Warrant at Ratiu's home in Roslindale and allegedly found a "climate-controlled closet [where he was allegedly] growing marijuana."

Consequently, Ratiu is also expected to be brought into West Roxbury District Court this morning to face additional Massachusetts Drug Crimes Charges.

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February 13, 2011

Boston Man Charged with Committing Sex Crime on Train

Abdulkadir Abbas, 29, of Boston, was arrested this past Wednesday on Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges allegedly committed on a fellow passenger on an Orange Line Train.

Abbas, charged with Indecent Assault & Battery, allegedly sat next to the woman on the train and touched her inner thigh and groin area outside her pants. The woman reported to the MBTA Police that she yelled at Abbas and tried to push his hand away, but he allegedly continued in his attempts to grope her.

The woman, however, managed to take a picture of Abbas and reported the alleged incident to the MBTA Police when she got off the train at the Jackson Square Station. Abbas was later found and arrested at the Forest Hills Train Station in Jamaica Plain.

In Massachusetts, persons charged with the crime of the Sex Crime of Indecent Assault & Battery risk being subjected to Sex Offender Registration if convicted; as well as requiring them to submit their DNA to the state database and be subject to community parole supervision for life.

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February 12, 2011

Beverly Men Arrested on Armed Robbery Charges

Three Beverly men, Robert C. Kenney, 56, Christopher Littlejohn, 30, and Ramone Arakelow, 34, were arrested yesterday morning on charges of Conspiracy to Commit a Home Invasion and Armed Robbery against a purported Malden drug dealer.

The Massachusetts State Police, Lynn Police Department and the FBI were all reportedly involved in the investigation, who apparently created the identity of a fictitious Malden drug dealer and would-be victim. The men were apparently under investigation for offenses including Massachusetts Gun Crimes; and notably Robert C. Kenney, was allegedly involved in the sale of several illegal guns in areas of Boston and the North Shore.

All three men were arrested in Saugus in Kenney's truck when they pulled into a parking lot on Route 99 to allegedly plan out the Home Invasion and Armed Robbery. In the vehicle, the men allegedly had knives, a ski mask, duct tape and purported false identifications to pose as federal immigration officials.

The Beverly men were scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Lynn District Court on Conspiracy Charges, as well as Unlawful Possession of Burglarious Tools.

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