Marblehead man to serve time for head-butting MBTA driver

Marblehead'sJohn Kerivan will serve time for head butting MBTA driver. PHOTO: TPD
Marblehead’s John Kerivan will serve time for head-butting an MBTA driver. Credit: TPD

A Marblehead man was sentenced to three months in jail Tuesday for head-butting an MBTA bus driver last July.

According to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, John Kerivan, 48, pleaded guilty to assault and battery on a public employee at the start of trial proceedings in Chelsea District Court.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Ozbolt recommended that he serve a year and a half behind bars; Judge Benjamin Barnes imposed the lower amount, which was greater than the suspended sentence that the defendant requested.

“No one should have to accept violence as part of their job,” Conley said. “That includes bus drivers. We’ll work hand-in-hand with Transit Police to identify, apprehend and prosecute anyone who assaults an MBTA employee.”

Had the case proceeded to trial, Ozbolt said he would have introduced evidence and testimony to prove that Kerivan struck the driver on board a bus as it picked up passengers at Wonderland station on the night of July 23, 2012.

Specifically, Ozbolt would have shown that the driver pulled into the station at about 10 p.m. Among those waiting was Kerivan, who began screaming at the driver as soon as he boarded the bus. When the bus driver tried to calm him, the evidence would have shown, Kerivan head-butted him, knocking the driver off balance and disorienting him.

MBTA Transit Police found Kerivan in the station a short time later and took him into custody. The driver was released from duty for the day and received treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital.


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