Boston man arrested in recent sexual assault at MCLA townhouse

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NORTH ADAMS — An East Boston man has been arrested as a suspect in an alleged sexual assault that took place last month on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus.

Khyrin McCarthy, 21, was arrested in Boston on Thursday in connection with the attack, according to an email to the campus community from MCLA Campus Police Chief Daniel J. Colonno. McCarthy was arraigned Friday in Northern Berkshire District Court and due back in court Wednesday.

Around 3 a.m. Oct. 26, a man entered an unlocked townhouse on campus and went into an upstairs bedroom, where he fondled the victim, according to a campus police email.

The man was described as African American, with a thin build and a round head, and wearing a white long-sleeved shirt. The suspect reportedly fled when the victim woke up.

The campus police coordinated with the Boston Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Fugitive Task Force after obtaining an arrest warrant for the McCarthy on Nov. 1.

Colonno and Dianne Manning, the college's director of residential programs and services, addressed safety and security concerns during a Nov. 4 meeting of the MCLA Student Government Association.

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According to a report on that meeting by the MCLA Beacon student newspaper, Colonno told students that the suspect was not a member of the campus community but did not provide further information. Students complained about the lack of detail made available in the description of the suspect given in the campus safety alert.

"I would have liked to seen more in the description about their clothing, or even their hairstyle," association President Dean Little said. "Giving just a basis off of skin color and head shape really doesn't tell us much and could also describe some of the people on campus who aren't the suspects."

Students at the meeting also expressed concerns about campus maintenance and surveillance as it pertains to dormitories, and suggested that security cameras be installed in stairwells.

Colonno and Manning both stressed the importance of students locking their doors and reaching out to public safety and residential offices with any public safety threats, concerns or issues such as broken locks.

According to college's latest Clery Act Report on campus public safety and security, there were two acts forcible rape and three acts of forcible fondling reported taking place on campus in 2018. There were no reports of on-campus burglary that year.

McCarthy pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday and was remanded to Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction for charges "specific to a burglary and sexual assault."

Jenn Smith can be reached at jsmith@berkshireeagle.com, at @JennSmith_Ink on Twitter and 413-496-6239.


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