Sunday, July 29, 2007
Big Brother busted in sex assault rap: Teen praised for reporting claim to cops. Should be running a background check for all Members of Big Brothers Big Sister program?.
By Laurel J. Sweet
Friday, July 27, 2007
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley is lauding the bravery of a 13-year-old boy who delivered to Boston police a Big Brother he alleges sexually molested him while trying to get him drunk and show him porn.
“This young victim was very brave to come forward,” Conley said yesterday. “Too often, children in his position blame themselves for what others have done to them.”
Bryan Horgan, 41, of Dorchester, a data processor for the Boston Transportation Department, was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail Wednesday by Judge James W. Coffey of the Dorchester Division of Boston Municipal Court. However, a Superior Court judge yesterday shaved his bail down to $20,000.
Horgan remained incarcerated last night, according to an official at Nashua Street Jail.
Prosecutors said Horgan, a mentor to the boy from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, brought the teen to his home Tuesday and tried to serve him alcohol. The teen refused.
Prosecutors said the resistant youth was sexually assaulted by the accused while he tried to show him pornography. An allegedly drunk Horgan drove him home and “told the boy not to say anything about what had transpired,” prosecutors said.
The teen immediately told his mother what had happened and Horgan was arrested.
A search of his home at 381 Adams St. by investigators “recovered evidence that included photographs of other young teens, videos, alcohol and a personal computer,” prosecutors said.
A spokesman for Big Brothers Big Sisters could not immediately be reached for comment.
Horgan, who faces charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14, assault with intent to rape a child under age 16 and dissemination of matter harmful to minors, is due back in court Aug. 15.