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William O’Connell: Quincy developer faces drug, rape charges

A prominent Quincy developer charged with child rape and cocaine trafficking came to his arraignment yesterday with a bail check in hand.

A prominent Quincy developer charged with child rape and cocaine trafficking came to his arraignment yesterday with a bail check in hand.

Criminal charges against 71-year-old William O’Connell were filed Friday in Quincy District Court.

His lawyer, Stephen Neyman requested that O’Connell not be taken in to custody because the check was already filled out and would only take a few moments to process. But Judge Mark Coven said he would treat O’Connell “like we treat every other person.”

The complaints against O’Connell were impounded, and the prosecutor said it was likely he would be indicted in a few weeks.

O’Connell showed up to his arraignment on his own after learning of the charges and had worked out a bail agreement.

O’Connell — who, with his family, developed the Marina Bay complex and the Granite Links Golf Club — was ordered held on $150,000 bail. He had to surrender his passport and can’t travel outside the state without permission or have unsupervised contact with any child under age 16.

 
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