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Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins, Boston’s top prosecutor, has announced that she is ready to investigate the sexual assault allegations against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.
Professor Vanessa Tyson claimed Fairfax assaulted her in Boston in 2004 at the DNC convention.
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From The Boston Globe:
Rollins, a Democrat who took office in January, said she e-mailed a letter to lawyers for Vanessa Tyson last Thursday informing them that if Tyson wants to file a criminal complaint against Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, prosecutors in Rollins’s office will investigate.
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“We will help in any way we can if she chooses to come forward,” Rollins said in an interview. “We would offer any number of services starting from getting them in touch with counselors all the way, if they were so inclined, to seek prosecution.”
Rollins, who emphasized that she would provide help to any assault victim who came forward, declined to say whether Tyson’s attorneys have responded. She also declined to provide a copy of the letter, citing the confidential nature of sexual assault investigations. Rollins said she made clear in her letter that her office offers “safe, confidential, and survivor-centered” services to victims of sexual assault.
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Prosecutors have until summer to press charges against Fairfax since Massachusetts has a 15 year statute of limitations for sexual assault. They “could also argue that Fairfax stopped the clock on the statute of limitations when he left the state.”
On February 6, Tyson released a statement that included the alleged sexual assault in graphic detail:
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Mr. Fairfax put his hand behind my neck and forcefully...
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