Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins today apologized to two women in the DA's office whom she says were treated less than professionally, if not criminally, by Adam Foss, who worked as an assistant DA between 2008 and 2016.
Rollins, who became DA in 2019, last year hired an outside law firm, Goodwin Procter, to look into Foss's relationships with women working under then DA Dan Conley after singer Raegan Sealy publicly accused Foss of raping her, in a relationship that began after he'd left the DA's office and began giving Ted Talks and other speeches about the criminal-justice system.
Sealy says they met while waiting to go onstage at one such event.
Goodwin Procter attorneys Roberto Braceras and Jennifer Chunias concluded, after interviewing 28 people who worked in the DA's office - but not Foss, who declined to cooperate - and reviewing office e-mail that:
In sum, our investigation did not reveal evidence of any per se violation of any law, formal SCDAO policy, or ethical rules by Mr. Foss during his tenure as an ADA. That being said, our review identified evidence that Mr. Foss engaged in concerning conduct with at least two adult female Office interns and students that violated informal SCDAO expectations and norms.
Neither the attorneys nor Rollins detailed just what that behavior was. But Rollins said:
That Mr. Foss’ behavior in Suffolk County was not ‘criminal’ is of no solace to the women his conduct impacted and harmed. As the leader of this Office, I want to personally apologize for your experience here. You did not deserve the treatment you were subjected to. It was unprofessional and not appropriate.
The lawyers added that Conley and his administrators did nothing wrong:
Our investigation likewise did not identify any evidence that the Office’s senior management failed to respond to any allegation of misconduct by Mr. Foss during his tenure.
Following Sealy's post, Foss issued a statement that he'd been "callous and insensitive" in some of his relationships, but denied he'd ever raped anybody.