BOSTON, May 8, 2013—A Salem man was on probation for groping two women at North Station when he allegedly groped a third on a Green Line train late last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
DANE MULLIN (D.O.B. 4/26/86) was arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court yesterday on one count of indecent assault and battery for the Dec. 17, 2012, incident on a train traveling outbound on the E Line. Assistant District Attorney Jessica Erickson recommended that he be held on $20,000 cash bail; Judge Mark Hart Summerville imposed $8,000 bail and ordered him held without bail for allegedly violating the terms of his open probation and on open warrants charging him with failure to register as a sex offender and assault and battery, both out of Salem District Court.
Mullin was arraigned after an extensive investigation by MBTA Transit Police detectives into the December incident, in which Mullin allegedly groped a woman just before 7:00 a.m. between Haymarket and Government Center. The woman disembarked the trolley after the assault and notified MBTA personnel. She was able to provide detectives with a description of the assailant, whom Transit Police detectives believed might be responsible for two similar assaults.
Using surveillance images from multiple stations and after sharing information with local police departments, Transit Police detectives identified Mullin as a suspect in the Dec. 17 incident. Though the victim was unable to make a conclusive identification, detectives were able to locate Mullin and interview him, at which time he allegedly made incriminating statements admitting that he had touched the woman as he travelled from North Station to Park Street on a Green Line trolley.
Mullin pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault and battery in August 2011 for a pair of incidents at North Station on March 5 of that year. The assaults were committed against two women who did not know each other. He was sentenced to 2½ years in a house of correction with 18 months to serve and the balance suspended until July 31, 2013. He has prior similar convictions out of Cambridge, Chelsea, and Salem, and may face additional charges arising out of the Transit Police investigation.
Mullin was represented today by attorney Tracy Dudevoir. He will return to court on June 6.
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