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Boston’s First Gay Councilman Plead Guilty to Enticing Kids. So Why Is He Suing?


Not all teenage sex scandals are built the same. For instance, former Boston City Councilman David Scondras — Boston’s first openly gay one — who in 2007 plead guilty to charges stemming from trying to meet a 15-year-old boy from the Internet for sex, now says the police beat him and denied him medical attention after the arrest. So he’s suing!

In a federal lawsuit, Scondras would have you believe he’s the victim. Well, he says he was! After serving 18 months probation and having to register as a sex offender, Scondras, 63, now says his 2007 arrest by Lawrence police was a violent affair.

“Fearing for his safety and that he was about to be the subject of a potential ‘gay bashing,’ (Scondras) turned to try and run away,” the suit maintains, adding that Scondras was then violently tossed to the ground and struck in the head, breaking a tooth.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Ryan Shafer then allegedly shoved his gun into the Scondras’ head and, calling him a gay slur, threatened to kill him if he moved, according to the suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Boston.

[…] The “boy” who police accused Scondras of arranging to meet was then 20-year-old hospital security guard Michael Fornesi, the son of Officer Fornesi. The guard encountered Scondras, using the screen name “Toppdadd,” in an AOL chatroom. Police alleged that Scondras, after being told he was chatting with a 15-year-old, exchanged sexually explicit IMs with the guard.

The younger Fornesi, also named in the suit, told of the chats to his friend, Sgt. Shafer, who instructed him to contact Scondras, an AIDS activist, to arrange a meeting.

Scondras’ attorney, William Korman, said he was “brutally beaten,” and needed brain surgery to relieve swelling on his brain.

Do we feel for the guy? Sure, police brutality is no small matter. But it’s pretty hard to drum up much sympathy for a guy who pleads guilty to trying to bed underage teens.