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‘Evidence doesn’t support charges’ in Currier case, police say

BOSTON —The man wrongly arrested in connection with a North End sexual assault spoke at a news conference Wednesday afternoon and said someone needs to take responsibility for mistakes that were made.

Charges against Ross Currier, 26, in connection with the February assault were dropped Wednesday morning.

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Prosecutors said the continued investigation against him, “reveals that the evidence does not support the charges.”

“Our filing is a standard legal device that lays out the evidence and makes abundantly clear our belief that that Mr. Currier did not commit the acts for which police arrested him,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said in a statement.

Boston police arrested Currier on the evening of March 10 after the victim of a Feb. 15 assault reported seeing her attacker playing basketball. That man was later identified as Currier, who lives nearby.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Currier was hopeful that the victim would get justice and the real attacker will be found.

“I really want to address the victim and say I still don’t know who you are, or what you look like, or where you live,” he said. “But I’m sorry for what happened to you. They’ll get the guy that did this.”

Currier went on to say that even though the charges against him have been dropped someone needs to take responsibility for what went wrong during the investigation.

“It’s nice to hear that the charges have been dismissed, but the manner in which they were dismissed is simply unacceptable,” he said. “My record should reflect that. I certainly feel someone needs to step forward and take responsibility for what’s happened here. Simply brushing it under the rug and acting like it didn’t happen isn’t acceptable.”

Currier said that he is alarmed that the person or people responsible for the mistakes hasn’t come forward.

“Someone needs to take responsibility for the mistakes that were made through this entire process,” he said. “The lack of due diligence by police and everyone along the way, this could have been prevented. The fact no one has come forward to admit their mistakes to own up to them and to learn from them is alarming.”

The victim’s identification at the scene, made with 90 percent to 95 percent certainty, gave police probable cause to arrest Currier on charges of assault and battery and indecent assault and battery, investigators said.

Currier provided police with an alibi that was later independently corroborated, investigators said.

In the weeks that followed, investigators reviewed Currier’s alibi, performed forensic examinations of his phone and associated cell tower records.

The assailant in the Feb. 15 assault is believed to have used his phone to photograph the victim, and the forensic examination of Currier’s phone recovered no photographs — stored or deleted — consistent with the attack, investigators said.

The GPS device Currier was ordered to wear showed that he did not commit a similar North End assault on March 16, investigators said.

The investigation into the Feb. 15 and March 16 assaults is ongoing. Anyone with information on either case is asked to contact the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at 617-343-4400. Survivors of sexual assault are urged to call 911 in an emergency and may also contact the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s 24-hour hotline at 800-841-8371.

Unclear why children were home at the time

BOSTON — A 9-year-old Boston boy was accidentally shot and killed by his older brother, who has been charged in connection with his death, police said Friday.

The incident happened at about 11:37 a.m at 617 Morton St., police said. The victim was a fourth-grade student at Hennigan School in Jamaica Plain, a Boston Public Schools spokesman said.

Police Commissioner William Evans said the 9-year-old was shot in the chest and taken to Boston Medical Center. Sources told NewsCenter 5 that his older brother thought the weapon was empty.

“Right now it looks like a terrible tragedy,” Evans said. “Terrible, terrible tragedy. Our hearts go out to the family.”

The 14-year-old fled the scene but was apprehended. The boys’ mother was working with police.

The 14-year-old is facing charges that include involuntary manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said.

Conley said investigators believe the boy was handling the gun recklessly when it went off and struck his younger brother. There’s no evidence yet that anyone else at the home knew that the boy possessed the firearm, Conley said.

“Part of our investigation in the days to come will be determining how this weapon got into the hands of a 14-year-old,” Conley said

The 14-year-old will be arraigned Monday at Dorchester Municipal Court in the juvenile session.