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Judge to rule on whether to unseal documents from sexual assault case involving Ricardo Arroyo – Boston News, Weather, Sports


BOSTON (WHDH) – A judge announced she will rule Thursday night on whether or not to unseal files involving a yearsold sexual assault case involving Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo.

The allegations center around a case from 2005, when Arroyo, who is now running for Suffolk County District Attorney, was 18-years-old. The case, along with another in 2007, has been overshadowing the DA race since a Boston Globe report brought both to light in August.

While a woman involved in the ’07 case has recanted the allegations stemming from it, the person at the center of the ’05 allegations told the Globe she stood by what she told officials 17 years ago.

No charges were filed in either case, but in a hearing Thursday, Arroyo filed an emergency order asking a judge to release investigative files from the ’05 incident.

“The hope here is to make sure that we are at least setting the record straight as to what occurred back when I was in high school, so that people who are wrestling with that question and trying to come to conclusions on what happened are given the facts and the truth about what happened there,” Arroyo told reporters.

The sensitive paperwork is protected specifically because no one was ever charged. At the same hearing, an attorney for the City of Boston argued the law sealing the documents is written the way it is to protect alleged victims.

“If the legislature wanted to give the accused access to these, they could have put them in the list of people that are properly recipients of these files, and they did not,” said Attorney James MeGee.

An attorney for the woman told 7NEWS the release of the documents would constitute an invasion of privacy.

“She’s incredibly upset,” said Attorney Leonard Kesten. “Incredibly upset – she’s being re-victimized. I mean, this happened in 2005 – it was over. She’s moved on with her life and now, suddenly this is in the media?”

Arroyo’s attorney, however, argues this is a unique case, where partial information was leaked about an elected official.

“He’s being harmed every day,” the lawyer argued Thursday.

Following reports on the allegations from the Globe, Arroyo was stripped of his council chairmanships, causing an uproar at a city council meeting on Wednesday. Having insinuated the allegations were leaked by the campaign of his opponent, interim DA Kevin Hayden, Arroyo said he owes it to his constituents and the public to give the complete story of the allegations and why the claims were unfounded.

“I have to live with these allegations now because they’re in the public space for the rest of my life,” Arroyo said. “It’s only fair, I believe, that the conclusions in the investigation are also made public.”

As the allegations continue to cast a shadow on the DA’s race, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey have pulled their endorsements for Arroyo. Several other prominent politicians have pulled their support for Arroyo as well, including City Council President Ed Flynn.

7NEWS reached out to Hayden’s campaign for comment, receiving the following statement:

“The allegations of sexual assault made against Ricardo Arroyo are serious and completely disqualifying… Arroyo lacks the integrity and moral character to serve as District Attorney,” the statement read.

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