Attorney General Maura Healey at the WGBH Studio at the BPL.

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AG Healey: Victims Came Forward To Spark Hefner Investigation

December 21, 2017

Attorney General Maura Healey told WGBH News victims have come forward, sparking an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Senate President Stan Rosenberg’s husband Bryon Hefner.

Healey and Suffolk County district attorney Dan Conley said they were prepared to launch a joint investigation of Rosenberg's husband Brian Hefner if they heard from any of his alleged victims. And now, Healey says, they have.

“We have made it clear that we invite victims to come forward,” Healey said in an interview with Boston Public Radio Thursday, “and I can confirm that some have.”

Rosenberg has taken a leave of absence after several unnamed men have come forward with allegations against Hefner. A separate federal investigation has also been launched to look into these claims. According to Healey, the two investigations are not connected.

“On the issue of sexual harassment ... it’s pervasive, it’s across-industry. A lot of this is about certainly making sure that the right safeguards are in place for victims to come forward, that the right policies and practices are in place to appropriately deal with and investigate and hold accountable wrongdoers,” Healey said. “A lot of this, as I’ve said before — it is about culture and it is about power.”

Anyone wishing to speak with the Attorney General’s victim witness advocate services division should call 617-727-8400 and ask for the victim witness services division.

To hear Attorney General Maura Healey’s full interview with Boston Public Radio, click on the audio player above.


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