Convicted sex offender convicted for MGH restroom attack


A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted David Flavell, 40, of trying to rape a woman in a Mass. General restroom last October, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.

Flavell was found guilty on charges of assault with intent to rape, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and one count of assault and battery for the Oct. 22, 2009, attack on a 27-year-old woman.

Before he can be sentenced, he will first have a second trial at which prosecutors will attempt to prove he is the same guy convicted on an assault with intent to rape charge in 1998 in Essex County. If prosecutors make the case, he will face a longer prison sentence.

In addition to the 1998 conviction, a man named David Flavell was convicted in 2001 on two counts of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, according to his record at the state Sexual Offender Registry, which lists him as a "a high risk to reoffend." In 2008, he was arrested on charges of assaulting a woman in a restroom at a Braintree bookstore.

Somewhere on the Internet, news is breaking

Another morning, another meeting without radio contact. So if you spot any Boston-worthy news, post away!

For example: If you happen to see a story that explains how much Homeland Security is paying for 20 new "evacuation chairs" to get the elderly and the disabled out of the T in an emergency, well, a link will be appreciated (the new chairs, to be deployed across the system after consultation with the elderly and the disabled, and after several months of joint training between T workers and the Boston Fire Department, are to be announced at 9 a.m.).

Yeah, turn just past where the McDonald's used to be

An ex-McDonald's

You don't tend to think of a McDonald's just disappearing, but that's what happened to the one on Hyde Park Avenue. Don't worry, though - it's being replaced by an all new McDonald's (whose franchisee also owns the Harvard Avenue McDonald's).

And while it's normally hard to feel nostalgic about some twisted plastic tubing, darnit, those tubes are the first play-place tubes the kidlet ever climbed in.


Apparently, until today, Steve Grossman was only unofficially running for treasurer

Mike Ball reports from today's kickoff speech by the former Democratic moneyman who wants to become the official state moneyman. Ball includes Grossman's platform, which is more than just wanting to sign state checks.

Bonus: Mike reports an appearance by fabled Boston socialite Smoki Bacon.