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Candidate DA Arroyo to file ethics complaint against incumbent Hayden

Boston City Councilman Ricardo Arroyo is considering filing an ethics complaint against his opponent in the Democratic primary race for Suffolk County prosecutor, incumbent Kevin Hayden, days before the election. Arroyo also renewed his calls for an independent investigation into how documents detailing two previous investigations into possible sexual assaults came to light. The Boston Globe reported that Arroyo had been the subject of two previous investigations into possible sexual assaults. The newspaper reported that the allegations, which date back to 2005 and 2007, never resulted in any charges. Since that report, Arroyo has lost numerous political endorsements and been removed from his leadership position on the city council. continues to claim that the encounter happened against his will. . “They apparently felt that if it was non-consensual sex it wasn’t a crime because they had no other evidence.” 2005 investigation. A judge ruled late Thursday that the case should be released Friday afternoon with specific redactions. evaluation of the information available to us, no crime has been committed,” an assistant district attorney wrote in an email included in the filing. Hayden’s office said it thoroughly reviewed his entire unredacted file regarding the sexual assault allegations against Arroyo and has some of the statements in the 2006 documents. “Nothing in the file suggests or n ‘indicates that the allegations were unfounded,’ Hayden’s office said in a statement. “Furthermore, nothing in the record calls into question the validity of the victim’s statements. The campaign to sabotage the credibility of this victim is shameful.” of all these files, nothing indicates that they did not believe my client. documents hours before they were made public, which is illegal without a court order, in an attempt to attack Arroyo. harassing the woman involved in the 2007 lawsuit against the alderman. According to Arroyo’s camp, Gill worked together on the Boston Police Department with Det. Dante Williams, who currently works as Hayden’s driver. “During Kevin Hayden’s short time as acting prosecutor, he attempted to cover up a case of police misconduct, received donations from the police officer under investigation and his attorney immediately after his office told them that they had no appetite to pursue “their case, reversed Rachael Rollins’ progressive reforms and used her office illegally and unethically to support her campaign,” Arroyo said in a statement. Kevin Hayden’s best attempts to distract voters with illegal leaks and false attacks, it’s clear that a Kevin Hayden administration will bring corruption, intimidation and a return to the failed policies of the past. The voters of Suffolk County deserve a district attorney who will move us forward with justice-centered policies and that is what I will do.” Arroyo accused Hayden’s office of leaking documents relating to the investigations into the 2005 and 2007 sexual assaults at the Boston Globe. Hayden has repeatedly denied the charges. On Saturday, Arroyo’s campaign said documents released Friday revealed a direct link between Hayden and the 17-year-old’s affair: the fact that the District Attorney’s driver, Det. Dante Williams, was the detective who reviewed the 2005 case and determined that the complaint was unfounded.The BPD conducted an investigation and determined that the files are not were not consulted there. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office declined to investigate this leak,” Arroyo said in a statement. “Today I renew my call for Kevin Hayden to agree to an independent investigation to ensure that no further leaks come from his office. It is time for Hayden to finally answer the question of how these documents were unlawfully disclosed in the first place.” A spokesperson for Hayden’s office had no comment regarding statements made by Arroyo’s campaign on Saturday. Hayden was appointed Suffolk County Prosecutor by Governor Charlie Baker on January 6 to fill the remainder of Rachael Rollins’ term after she was chosen. to become the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. Hayden previously served as chairman of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board. to remove him from this position and from two committee chair positions for a period of at least 60 days retroactive to Monday. Arroyo previously worked as a public defender on the Public Advisory Services Committee. The winner of the Democratic race for Suffolk County prosecutor will be decided on the day of the state’s primary election, Sept. 6. There are no candidates for Suffolk DA on the Republican primary ballot, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

Boston City Councilman Ricardo Arroyo is considering filing an ethics complaint against his opponent in the Democratic primary race for Suffolk County prosecutor, incumbent Kevin Hayden, just days before the election.

Arroyo also renewed his calls for an independent investigation into how documents detailing two previous investigations into possible sexual assaults came to light.

The Boston Globe reported that Arroyo has been the subject of two previous investigations into possible sexual assaults. The newspaper reported that the allegations, which date back to 2005 and 2007, never resulted in any charges. Since that report, Arroyo has lost numerous political endorsements and been removed from his leadership position on the city council.

A lawyer for the woman involved in the 2007 allegation later publicly absolved Arroyo, but attorney Leonard Kesten, who represents the accuser in the 2005 case, said his client continues to claim that the meeting had happened against his will.

“She was always hurt. She was hurt when they said it at the time, they didn’t consider it a crime. I understand that from a law enforcement perspective they have to weigh it,” Kesten said. “They apparently felt that if it was non-consensual sex it wasn’t a crime because they had no other evidence.”

Arroyo, who was never charged in either case, said the charges were false and sued the city of Boston in pursuit of records from the 2005 investigation. A judge ruled late Thursday that the case should be released on Friday afternoon with specific redactions.

One of the documents, an update dated February 17, 2006, says a detective “has concluded that this case should be dismissed as unfounded.”

“Based on the assessment of the information available to us, no crime has been committed,” an assistant prosecutor wrote in an email included in the filing.

Hayden’s office said it thoroughly reviewed his entire unredacted file regarding the sexual assault allegations against Arroyo and disputed some of the statements in the 2006 documents.

“Nothing in the record suggests or indicates that the allegations were unfounded,” Hayden’s office said in a statement. “Also, nothing in the record calls into question the validity of the victim’s statements. The campaign to sabotage the credibility of this victim is shameful.”

“Unfounded is one of the checks,” Kesten said. “That’s not an indication and certainly based on a review of all those records, there’s no indication that they didn’t believe my client.”

On Saturday, Arroyo’s campaign accused Hayden of illegally using his public office for political gain. The councilman’s camp alleges that the district attorney publicly commented on the sexual assault complaint documents hours before they were made public, which is illegal without a court order, in an attempt to attack Arroyo.

Arroyo’s campaign also claims to have video evidence showing a private investigator, identified as the former Boston police detective. Brian T. Gill, harassing the woman involved in the 2007 lawsuit against the councilman. According to Arroyo’s camp, Gill worked together at the Boston Police Department with Det. Dante Williams, who currently works as Hayden’s driver.

“During Kevin Hayden’s short time as acting prosecutor, he attempted to cover up a case of police misconduct, received donations from the police officer under investigation and his attorney immediately after his office told them that they had no desire to pursue “their case, set back Rachael Rollins’ progressive reforms, and used her position in illegal and unethical ways to support her campaign,” Arroyo said in a statement. “Despite Kevin Hayden’s best attempts to distract voters with illegal leaks and false attacks, it is clear that a Kevin Hayden administration will bring corruption, intimidation and a return to the failed policies of the past. The voters of Suffolk County deserve a district attorney who will move us forward with justice-centered policies and that’s what I will do.”

Arroyo accused Hayden’s office of leaking documents relating to the 2005 and 2007 sexual assault investigations to the Boston Globe. Hayden has repeatedly denied these accusations.

On Saturday, Arroyo’s campaign said documents released Friday revealed a direct link between Hayden and the 17-year-old’s case: the fact that the district attorney’s driver, Det. Dante Williams, was the detective who looked into the 2005 case and determined the complaint was unfounded.

“Hayden has continued to refuse an independent investigation into his office to investigate the unlawful leak. These files only exist in two locations – BPD and the DA’s office. BPD has conducted an investigation and determined that the files do not exist there. had not been consulted. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office declined to investigate this leak,” Arroyo said in a statement. “Today I renew my call for Kevin Hayden to agree to an independent investigation to ensure that no further leaks come from his office. It is time for Hayden to finally answer the question of how these documents were unlawfully disclosed in the first place.”

A spokesperson for Hayden’s office had no comment regarding statements made Saturday by Arroyo’s campaign.

Hayden was appointed District Attorney for Suffolk County by Governor Charlie Baker on Jan. 6 to fill out the remainder of Rachael Rollins’ term after she was selected to serve as the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. Hayden was previously chairman of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board.

Arroyo was first elected to the Boston City Council in 2019 and was the vice president of the entire council until City Council Speaker Ed Flynn, who once endorsed Arroyo in the running for the DA, decides to remove him from this position and from two committee chair positions for a period of at least 60 days retroactive to Monday. Arroyo previously worked as a duty counsel on the Public Counsel Services Committee.

The winner of the Democratic race for Suffolk County district attorney will be decided on the day of the state’s primary election, Sept. 6. There is no candidate for Suffolk DA on the Republican primary ballot, according to the Office of the Secretary of State.