Millionaire Fined $50 After Sexually Abusing Hotel Maid

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In another incident showing a massive failure of the justice system, a millionaire basically gets off with no penalty after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a maid at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.

The incident started Jan. 19 as the nation prepared for the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The millionaire, identified as John Joseph Boswell, the CEO of Independent Stave Co., a barrel-manufacturing company, and the maid were in his room on the 10th floor of the hotel, according to the Washington Post.

As the hotel employee made his bed, he approached her from behind and began rubbing her butt, according to The Root.

“This is very nice stuff,” he said, according to the report. “I like that!”

The maid froze in shock and then apologized, exclaiming, “Sorry, sir. Sorry, sir!”

When another maid came out from the bathroom, Boswell “immediately moved,” according to the report. The first maid ran out of the room, shaking, telling her co-worker that she would have to clean it by herself.

When the second maid tried to make the bed, Boswell approached her, too, and “placed his hand on the top of her shoulder” until she ordered him to sit down.

Last month, Boswell pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual abuse in D.C. Superior Court and was sentenced to 10 days in jail and six months of probation. Strangely, the jail time was suspended.

Despite pleading guilty, Boswell, a married man with three young children, maintains his innocence, according to the Post.

“I patted her on the lower back,” Boswell, 70, told the Post. “It was just a friendly gesture.”

Prosecutors dismissed that ridiculous lie.

“He took advantage of [her] while she was working, vulnerable, and alone,” Vivian Kim, an assistant U.S. attorney, wrote in an email to Boswell’s attorney.

The Post said incidents like this plague the hotel industry, where half of employees say they have been sexually assaulted or harassed by a guest. Many decline to report these incidents because the housekeepers, who are often immigrants or women of color, fear losing their jobs.

In Boswell’s case, neither women reported the incident, but the next day another co-worker told a manager what happened and the police were called in. Not long afterwards, Boswell was arrested and put in jail.

He was released the following afternoon. According to the Post, his attorney, Bernard Grimm, pushed for prosecutors to allow him a deferred sentencing agreement, under which Boswell would have admitted to guilt but then, after a short time span of good behavior, could have withdrawn his guilty plea, the Post notes.

Prosecutors refused, emphasizing that Boswell “could have potentially faced an additional charge based on similar conduct with another hotel employee the same day.”

On April 11, Boswell, who  makes about $600,000 a month, pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay $50 into the victims’ compensation fund. Assuming a 40 hour work week, the fine was the equivalent of a little less than 1 minute of work for him.


The woman he assaulted was reportedly so terrified by a visit from Boswell’s defense team to her apartment that she moved, according to a co-worker.

“Whenever she would talk about it,” a co-worker said, “she would cry.”

This is a huge failure of the justice system which has obviously given special treatment to this man because he is a millionaire. As long as this is happening, our justice system will continue to fail.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

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