Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report the arrest of a Level 3 sex offender on charges that after an evening with a woman he met in Quincy and then took to Dorchester, he refused to let he leave the next morning and raped her at knifepoint.
Shawn McClinton, 39, had been released on $15,000 bail on July 15 after more than two years in jail while awaiting charges of aggravated rape (two counts), assault and battery and a kidnapping for an incident in 2018. He was released after the Massachusetts Bail Fund put up his bail, the DA's office reports.
Authorities say McClinton and his victim met in Quincy Tuesday night before driving to the area of Blue Hill Ave and Wales Street in Dorchester. According to the DA's office:
When the victim attempted to leave on Wednesday morning, McClinton allegedly held the victim against her will and raped her at knife point. The victim suffered injuries, including lacerations and bruising, in the attack but was able to flee. A concerned passerby observed her injuries and called 911.
The DA's office reports that at his arraignment a judge in Dorchester Municipal Court revoked his bail on the 2018 charges and ordered bail of $250,000 on the new charges.
In 2007, McClinton was sentenced to 8 to 10 years in state prison following his conviction for raping a woman in Fall River.
Police say McClinton is a Dorchester resident, although the Massachusetts Sexual Offender Registry Board lists him as homeless, with his address given as the Pine Street Inn on Harrison Avenue.
DA Rachael Rollins expressed outrage at the bail fund:
According to its website, the Massachusetts Bail Fund’s stated mission is to 'Free Them All' and provide bails of up to $2,000 in Essex, Suffolk and Worcester Counties. These bails are often posted for low-level, misdemeanor offenses which end up punishing poor people and not serving any legal or public safety purpose. However, aggravated rape, kidnapping for the purpose of sexual assault, strangulation and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon are not low-level misdemeanors. They are violent felonies. And the person they bailed out is a sexual predator that hurts and rapes women and children. The Bail Fund posted $15,000 and set McClinton loose on our community. They don't care that he is a Level 3 sex offender. They don't care that he has raped women and children before. They have no responsibility to or compassion for the victims and survivors of his crimes, or the families that he has destroyed. I do. And my office will do the hard work of getting his latest victim all of the treatment and services she needs. We will be with her throughout the entire legal process and beyond.