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Judge Wants More Evidence After Man Is Charged In North End Assault

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UPDATE APRIL 10, 2014: CHARGES DISMISSED

BOSTON (CBS) — The suspect in a North End assault was arrested Monday after police say his alleged victim recognized him on a basketball court and called police.

Ross Currier, 26, faced a judge Tuesday, charged with indecent assault and battery and assault and battery in connection with a sexual assault in the North End last month.

But, the judge said he was skeptical and told prosecutors to provide more video surveillance evidence immediately.

Police say Currier, an accountant for The Boston Beer Company, followed a woman into the lobby of a Unity Street building on February 15, pushed her, reached under her skirt to grope her, took a photo and fled the scene.

Around 7 p.m. Monday, the woman told police she spotted Currier playing basketball on a court in the North End near the crime scene.

The woman immediately called the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit and officers made the arrest.

“We think it’s tremendous, the victim responded the way she did,” Boston Superintendent Robert Merner said.

But at his arraignment Tuesday, as Currier hid behind a door, his lawyer said his client is an innocent man, a victim of mistaken identity.

“At the end of this case he will be exonerated,” defense attorney Thomas Merrigan said. “They have the wrong person, and when the evidence is presented I think that will be very clear.”

Currier’s fiancee says he was with her at the time of the attack.

Court proceedings also detailed the victim had falsely identified a different man, currently behind bars, as her attacker two weeks ago.

As a result, the judge ordered Currier released without having to post any bail.

However, he must wear a GPS monitoring bracelet until his next court appearance next month.

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