Arrest made in connection to North End sexual assault questioned


BOSTON ( -- Police have arrested a man in connection to a North End sexual assault that took place in February. The alleged victim was praised for her bravery in spotting her alleged attacker, but as of Tuesday that identification is being questioned.

Ross Currier, 26, who is being charged with indecent assault and battery, left Boston Municipal Court with a GPS bracelet but no bail after the identification made by his alleged victim was looked at in more detail at his arraignment Tuesday.

The victim allegedly told investigators a man in his 20s with spiked blonde hair threw her to the ground, inappropriately touched her and took a picture up her skirt around 1 a.m. Feb. 15. But 13 days after that attack, prosecutors say the woman in her 20s chose a man that wasn't Currier out of a photo array as her attacker. Police then discovered that man was incarcerated at the time of her attack.

"We're obviously concerned about the reliability of her identifying somebody," Defense Attorney Thomas Merrigan said.

Then Monday, the victim told police she spotted her attacker again. This time in her neighborhood playing basketball at Polcari playground in the North End and police arrested Currier.

"She did indicate that that was the man. She was 90-95 percent positive that's the subject who had assaulted her," Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Corke said.

Currier maintains he was at his Salem Street home in the North End with his fiancée the entire night of the attack and court documents show his fiancée backed-up his story to police.

"At the end of this case he will be exonerated. They have the wrong person and when the evidence is presented I think that will be very clear," Merrigan said.

Currier's attorney would only say that his client is a professional in Boston and is doing well given the circumstances. Currier was ordered to stay away from the victim and a protective order was issued.


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