Former Boston City Councilor David Scondras is suing the city of Lawrence, several police officers and the security guard he thought was a 15-year-old looking for sex, charging them with cruel and unusual punishment and assault and battery and seeking unspecified damages.
The suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, alleges that when Scondras drove up to Lawrence to consumate a relationship started in an AOL chatroom, he instead found himself thrown to the ground, with a gun to his head, called a "faggot" who didn't belong in Lawrence and beaten savagely by Lawrence cops, including the father of the "15 year old," who turned out to be a 20-year-old security guard - and whom Scondras charges also took part in the beating.
Scondras says the beating left him with multiple bruises and cuts and a brain injury that required surgery.
In his complaint, Scondras acknowledges exchanging numerous "sexually explicit" messages in an AOL chatroom geared toward gay men with an individual who stated he was 15. Scondras eventually provided his cell-phone number, which the "teen" then called to arrange a meeting time and place in Lawrence. Scondras says he was unaware the guy had notified a Lawrence police officer about the AOL chat or that the officer was listening in on a speakerphone when the meeting place was arranged.
He charges that after he got out of his car in Lawrence parking lot, he was blinded by flashlights and:
... The Plaintiff was then violently thrown prone to the ground. He attempted to state that he could not lie in that position due to a prior heart attack. The Plaintiff was then struck hard in his head by an unknown object which drove his mouth into the ground hard enough to fracture a tooth;
The Plaintiff then felt the barrel of a pistol shoved into his head. Sergeant Shaffer called him a "fucking faggot" and threatened to kill him if he moved ...
Lawrence officials and police have yet to respond to the suit, which was only filed on Friday. However, following the 2006 arrest, the Globe reported:
Shafer tried to handcuff Scondras, who grabbed Shafer's Nextel phone and bolted, according to a police report. Shafer gave chase, grabbed Scondras's shirt, pulled him to the ground, and handcuffed him. In Scondras's car, police found a bottle of what appeared to be alcohol.
Scondras, who now lives in Cambridge, pleaded guilty in 2007 to a charge of child enticement. In 1996, he was savagely beaten in a Boston movie theater by a teenager who claimed Scondras started groping him.