BOSTON (AP) — Florida prosecutors have decided not to pursue charges against an official in Gov. Deval Patrick's administration who had been accused of sexual battery against a teenage boy in the steam room of a Florida resort.
Carl Stanley McGee, assistant secretary for policy and planning, was arrested Dec. 28 at the Gasparilla Inn & Club in Boca Grande, Fla., after the boy's father contacted police.
McGee, who goes by Stan, had been placed on unpaid leave from his $115,000 job on Jan. 7 pending the outcome of the case.
"The State Attorney in Lee County, Florida, after a thorough investigation, has decided that no charges should be brought against Stan McGee," McGee's Boston-based attorney, Charles Rankin, said in a statement yesterday. 'Mr. McGee believes the decision by the Florida prosecutor not to pursue this case speaks for itself, and he looks forward to going on with his life."
Calls to McGee and a spokeswoman for Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Dan O'Connell were not immediately returned last night.
After his December arrest, McGee was held overnight on a $300,000 bond. An arraignment was postponed several times as prosecutors considered whether to file formal charges.
Assistant State Attorney Francine Donnorummo wrote this week that "there is no corroborating evidence to support child's rendition of his being forcibly sexually battered," the Fort Myers News-Press and the Boston Herald reported online yesterday.
Donnorummo wrote the teen had difficulty identifying McGee as his attacker. There was also no video surveillance or forensic evidence supporting the teen's claims, according to the documents.
The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a nearly century-old resort and golf course on the Gulf Coast between Fort Myers and Sarasota where rooms can run more than $300 per night, according to its Web site.
McGee, 39, helped draft legislation advancing Patrick's plans to build three resort-style casinos in Massachusetts, fund life science initiatives and bring broadband Internet service to the entire state. A Rhodes Scholar and Harvard Law School graduate, he worked at Boston law firms before joining the administration.