Surprising news, and serendipitous timing:
One year ago I published a lengthy #metoo statement regarding Al Chase sexually assaulting me.
Upon posting my statement, I received messages from several men who had either been groomed, inappropriately encountered, and/or sexually assaulted by Al over the last few decades; some of whom were underage at the time of their assaults.
While I thought my case had been dropped, I was surprised to learn it was still open–just labeled incorrectly. Due to this filing error, it was forgotten about until my statement had been published last year. I was offered a sincere apology by the DA’s office for my case being mislabeled and we moved forward.
Over the next several months I had multiple Skype meetings with the DA’s office. A court summons was eventually sent to Al’s only address on record in September of 2018. Unfortunately, he never showed up to court. A warrant for his arrest was issued as a result. There was no confirmation if and where he had relocated. Until his current address was found, the case was at a standstill.
Only days ago, on the eve of the one-year anniversary of my #metoo statement being posted, I received an unexpected phone call from the DA’s office. Al Chase’s whereabouts were found and he turned himself in.
Al was formally charged with indecent assault in Framingham District Court. A pre-trial hearing is currently scheduled for June 6th of this year.
It’s been a very slow process and in many ways it’s only just beginning. While it is uncertain if justice will be served and I’ll see the outcome I desire, Al Chase will have to answer for his actions.