A registered sex offender was arrested in Boston last week for allegedly kidnapping and raping another victim after a bail fund in the city helped him walk free.
According to Boston 25 News, officials were called to assist Boston EMS with an assault victim in the area of Blue Hill Ave and Wales Street in Dorchester on Wednesday afternoon.
After arriving at the scene, officers spoke to the woman, who was then taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The Boston Police Department’s (BPD) Sexual Assault Unit later identified the suspect as Shawn McClinton, who had just been released in July.
Boston 25 continues:
McClinton was arraigned in Dorchester District Court on Thursday on charges of aggravated rape, armed kidnapping with sexual assault, strangulation and assault by means of a dangerous weapon. A search through the state’s sex offender registry board (SORB) shows McClinton was previously convicted of raping and abusing a child in June 1994 and of another rape in July 2007. McClinton is also listed as being homeless.
“McClinton had been held on $15,000 bail since his arrest February 19, 2018, on charges of kidnapping and two counts each of aggravated rape and assault and battery,” the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said.
On July 15, however, the Massachusetts Bail Fund posted $15,000 to free him.
“The Massachusetts Bail Fund pays bail so that low-income people can stay free while they work towards resolving their case, allowing individuals, families, and communities to stay productive, together, and stable,” the fund’s website explains.
For his latest crime, assistant District Attorney Michael V. Glennon requested McClinton be held on a $250,000 bail and that bail be revoked regarding the 2018 sexual assault case, which was pending in Suffolk Superior Court.
The judge doubled it, imposing a $500,000 bail and revoking McClinton’s open bail.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said of the organization that helped free McClinton: “I hope [The Massachusetts Bail Fund] never get a wink of sleep — because this is absolutely ridiculous. This could have been prevented.”
“To the criminals, it’s like, ‘Hey, you can do what you want — we’ll bail you out,'” he lamented. “For victims, it’s hard enough just to come forward on a rape, and then something like this happens. … This predator goes out and violates another victim.”
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