UPDATE: Medford Man Charged with Tuesday's Indecent Assault and Battery Held on $1 Million Bail

The 21-year-old man allegedly indecently assaulted an Arlington student Tuesday on the teen’s walk home from school.

Patrick Barry's booking photo next to the police sketch of the suspect. Photo credit: Arlington Police Department
Patrick Barry's booking photo next to the police sketch of the suspect. Photo credit: Arlington Police Department

Update, 12:15 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14

Patrick Barry, the 21-year-old Medford man charged with Tuesday's indecent assault and battery in Arlington, was held on $1 million cash bail Friday at his arraignment in Medford's Cambridge District Court, according to Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan.

Barry's bail was also revoked on open court cases out of Suffolk County, Ryan said.

Barry is due back in court March 13 for a pretrial hearing.


Initial post:

A 21-year-old Medford man was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with Tuesday’s indecent assault in Arlington.

Patrick Barry is being charged with indecent assault and battery on a child over 14, and additional charges, as well as probation violations, may follow, according to a Thursday release from Arlington police.

Last summer, Barry, then a Northeastern University student, was charged with attacking two women in separate incidents in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood. Barry allegedly had a knife in those attacks.

On Tuesday afternoon, Barry allegedly came up behind a 14-year-old student, who was walking home from school, near Summer and Mill streets in Arlington and touched the student inappropriately, according to police.

That evening, the victim gave Ian Spencer, a sketch artist from the Lincoln Police Department, a description of the suspect, and, on Wednesday morning, Joseph Jackson Jr., the chief probation officer for Massachusetts, called Arlington police after recognizing Barry from the sketch.

Arlington police inspectors then placed Barry at the scene after reviewing data from the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, as Barry wears a GPS device as one of the conditions of his probation.

Arlington police, with assistance from Medford police, arrested Barry at his Medford home Wednesday afternoon. Barry is expected to be arraigned Friday in Cambridge District Court in Medford. He is being held at Arlington’s Community Safety Building, police said.

Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan thanked members of his department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, Medford police, the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, Spencer and Jackson for their help in making a quick arrest in the case.

 “This is a fine example of teamwork leading to an arrest and some closure for our community,” Ryan said in a statement.  “A dangerous offender is off the streets today. The people of Arlington will not tolerate attacks on children, and the Arlington Police Department will continue to be extremely aggressive in pursuing anyone who thinks they can get away with assaulting a child.”

The incident remains under investigation. Arlington police are working with the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. Anyone with information on this incident is urged to call Arlington police at 781-643-1212.

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West Meff Hobo February 13, 2014 at 06:15 PM
How many times will this sick animal get to re offended before he is put down? http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/06/17/man-charged-with-attacking-two-women-separate-incidents-mission-hill-saturday/DPy3maNS07oJQBorfZ5erL/story.html
John C. February 13, 2014 at 06:58 PM
This man should have never been on the street after his attacks on women in Boston. Hopefully he remains off the street this time, before he seriously hurts someone.
Doria Alberg February 13, 2014 at 09:40 PM
Have to agree with both of you.......
K-Rock February 14, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Welcome to Massachusetts ... A great place to be a criminal...
Doria Alberg February 15, 2014 at 07:53 AM
The judge who let this upstanding young man out several months ago should be held accountable!
John C. February 15, 2014 at 10:42 AM
The police arrest them and the courts set them free.
stevieB February 15, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Keep voting democrat this is what u get..it's been proven over and over and over..This is just the tip of the iceberg. .If you only saw the revolving door of criminals turned out in courts you'd maybe wake up instead of worrying about all the free stuff democrats promise you.
John C. February 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Stevie I know exactly what you mean. I retired from public service doing many investigations that should have led to more serious consequences. It's very frustrating. This is a state has more of a focus on parking and speeding tickets. Raising your car insurance, than handling more serious offenders. The police try their best in many cases with serious offenses. The courts have to be a stronger deterrent. Honest citizens become the targets and the victims. The criminals should not be considered the real victims.
Joe Viglione February 15, 2014 at 11:11 AM
An attorney who was removed from City Hall Medford by the police in 2008 made death threats against a victim in court. The court gave the victim a police escort to his car to keep him safe from the maniac, but let the attorney go because all the clerks knew him. One clerk said "one of the burdens of proof is if the clerk believes he will kill and we don't believe he will" (paraphrased.) Unbelievable.
West Meff Hobo February 15, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Remember he is White, and his family has some money. He will keep getting a million chances, if he were black he'd have never been let out. It's just how our justice system works.
Arthur DeLuca February 15, 2014 at 02:07 PM
Yeah, you'd be surprised how many crazy people who threaten and bully others on a daily basis are not even put into the court system for evaluation to determine if they shoul be locked away. The Government doesn't want the expense of caring for them and so they are allowed to stay free. Then when they finally DO do something that is criminal and the news hits the TV, all the authorities can say is "if only we had seen the signs this could have been prevented." What hypocrites!
stevieB February 15, 2014 at 02:57 PM
Oh cry me a river we st meffa hobo..your ignorance is stunning. .I work in the justice system and I can assure you that hundreds and thousands of blacks ate constantly let go for crimes ranging from assault to dealing g drugs..and not marijuana with a slap on wrist...Their records are 30 40 50 incidents long..but I'm sure that's all Bc of racist cops and a different punishment for blacks...they can do no wrong. .all good boys..where are a the murders in this country. .In inner cities dominated by blacks...but not their fault..must be rich white men fault right..your absurd bias reveals both your ignorance and the chip on your shoulder. .but that's fine... u keep thinking the deck is against you...never mind the opportunities for blacks these days if they actually work towards something is endless..free tuition...affirmative action...preference on civil service test..but you just keep whining while other ethnic groups such as the brazilians, koreans, Vietnamese etc pass you by...something tells me it will be the same crying in 20 30 and 50 years.,
West Meff Hobo February 15, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Yeah SteveB, that's why blacks make up less than 20% of the population in American, yet account for 74% of people incarcerated for drug possession, when Whites and Blacks use drugs at the same rate..... There's no racism in the justice system.... LOL https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/FilesPDFs/ACF4F34.pdf
stevieB February 15, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Ok are you really citing something from the aclu? That bastion of everything liberal. .numbers can be played with. .how do you explain that without question the top crime areas in this country are almost all black populated cities..let's see..detroit. .oakland..newark..flint..Washington Dc..chicago..memphis..houston..Richmond etc..In this state..roxbury..Mattapan. ..I'm sure it's all a socio economic reason right..no self responsibility. .take your victim whining somewhere else
K-Rock February 15, 2014 at 05:34 PM
Massachusetts legislation is made up entirely of defense attorneys...talk about a conflict of interest....and where do they find these crazy liberal judges letting this predator back on the street....what a joke....I have an idea ...lets put him on welfare....so he can help suck dry what the rest of us have to work for
John C. February 16, 2014 at 12:21 PM
West Meff you know it is you who is making this discussion a race issue. So thanks for bringing up crime and race. You must be going through life paranoid you will be caught and arrested of something since you know everyone just wonders if your a criminal due to race. It's not someone's racial makeup that bothers me. It's whether they are dishonest no matter what race. Unfortunately crime statistics and the prison population seem to argue against whatever your trying to say.


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