UPDATED: Dorchester Man Charged with Sexual Assault After Allegedly Picking Up Ottoson Student

The man met the 15-year-old female student in an online chat room, according to Arlington police.

Ottoson Middle School. Patch file photo.
Ottoson Middle School. Patch file photo.

UPDATE (12:45 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6)

Jose Alexis Rodriguez-Laboy was ordered held without bail in Cambridge District Court Friday, at least until a dangerousness hearing Monday, according to WCVB. In addition to the initial indecent assault and battery charge, he is also being charged with enticement of a child under 16.

Rodriguez-Laboy is a father of four, including two teenagers around the victim's age, and an auto mechanic. He allegedly met the Ottoson student on a chat program called hi5, WCVB reports. According to authorities, he tried to kiss her after he picked her up, as the two were heading toward Boston. She asked him to bring her back to school, and, on the way back, things escalated further, according to the report.

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Rodriguez-Laboy allegedly told authorities he thought the victim was 20 until he pulled up to a middle school. The victim allegedly just wanted a ride into Boston, but Rodriguez-Laboy wanted sex, according to the report. She fended off his advances, WHDH reports. She was gone for approximately 40 minutes.

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A 35-year-old Dorchester man allegedly picked up a 15-year-old female student from Ottoson Middle School during the day Wednesday and drove her to a location away from school grounds.

Jose Alexis Rodriguez-Laboy, of 43 Winthrop St., Dorchester, was arrested Thursday evening at his home by Boston and Arlington officers. He has been charged with indecent assault and battery and more criminal charges may follow, police said.

Police believe Rodriguez-Laboy recently met the student in an online chat room. The student returned to school later in the day, Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan wrote in a Thursday email.

Investigators believe Rodriguez-Laboy acted alone and that there is no threat to public safety at this time.

Rodriguez-Laboy is scheduled to be arraigned in Cambridge District Court Friday, Dec. 6.

The student left Ottoson without authorization, police said. According to Ryan, no other students were ever in any danger, however, strictly as a precautionary measure, the school was placed into a very brief “shelter in place,” as police sorted out the facts of the case.

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Bill Mailloux December 06, 2013 at 12:45 PM
When I was a kid we used to read Aesop's Fables. Probably not that politically correct anymore but many of the really, really short stories were about how *not* being careful and *not* using your brain can result in an early exit from life. Sort of a primer on common scene, which still not that common.
Drew December 06, 2013 at 12:53 PM
I couldn't care less what it sounds like to you Eileen. With that said, read the comments from other people that suggest that individuals, especially the young and vulnerable should probably avoid cyberspace as a way to hook up with others because of the potential dangers, which I have a feeling you may disagree with because it is their "right" to so do if they choose, which it is very true, but to continue to do so and something if unpleasant happens, it certainly does not make them at fault but rather just stupid and irresponsible. Now go right ahead and twist all this around if you feel like it.
Jane Doh December 06, 2013 at 01:57 PM
What's to stop her from doing it again? How about parental supervision? It's not really the school's responsibility to monitor who their students are talking to online.
Susan Ruderman December 06, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Why would you assume she has parents involved in her life? She may live at Germaine Lawrence , or come from a single parent household, or have two parents, both of them overwhelmed. It is the school's responsibility to instill cybersmarts as surely as it is the mission of the school to teach math.
Jane Doh December 06, 2013 at 02:15 PM
OK, so it's politically incorrect to assume that a child has parental involvement. Pardon me, I'm an ignorant Gen Xer.
Eileen December 06, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Lots of interesting thought/comments about the child. Sorry to see there are not more about the adult who is a pedophile; An adult who is sexually attracted to a child or children. How about keeping HIM off the internet? Children use the internet all the time for a variety of things. But when you have a pedophile stalking them then the problem begins. OF COURCE parents need to monitor this, if there are parents involved, as should the school. It was known that this child was online and asked for a "break". IMO the school should have done a better job. My expectation is for the school to protect children while in their care. Seems like there was a breakdown at the Ottoson. However, if not for this pedophile this would not have happened. Where is the outrage toward him and to a lesser degree the Ottoson?
Mark Kaepplein December 06, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Why aren't children being taught to use public transportation? If somebody wants a ride to Boston, they shouldn't go to web sites for strangers to give them rides as their first option when we have good public transit service here. Decades ago I would see bumper stickers and truck mud flaps that read: "Gas grass or ass - nobody rides free" that would teach children that there is no free lunch or free rides. The T is the better choice for a ride.
Hokey Wolf December 06, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Group Home students? Oh no please don't tell me that. I would have never sent my Shaul to that school. How dare they send group home kids to the same school as my child. Ottoson = JOKE Hokey J Wolf Thinks that there needs to be an investigation. Someone with Good journalistic instincts. Someone to find out where were the teachers and staff when this Kid Left. A good journalist . I guess that leaves the BLOGGER out . He wouldn't dare say a negative thing about the town. Hokey Thinks this is absolutely hilarious. People Keep Telling yourselves that the APS are Great . Oh yeah they are WICKED PISSHA
Southpaw December 06, 2013 at 04:10 PM
I wish young girls would STOP doing this. This one is so lucky. She could've been murdered by this piece of garbage.
Mark Kaepplein December 06, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Stephen, group home kids will tend to be less sheltered than other Arlington kids. They have also had to be more resourceful in their lives and consider options most Arlington kids wouldn't, hence contacting strangers on web sites for things they want. The school giving them opportunity to do these things and not keeping them from departing school grounds seem to need work. The shelter in place was truly closing the barn door after the horses had gotten out, looking foolish, and drawing attention to failure.
Hokey Wolf December 06, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Here is a Recent conversation overheard at a local coffee shop. The names have been changed to protect the guilty. boss man: Oh nit wit can you please ignore what happened at the Middle School? We have been getting a ton of negative exposure lately, you know with the trail and all going on. Its really making our school system look bad. Nit Wit: Well boss they are bad. Boss Man: Nit Wit we cant tell the people that. I am asking you to keep the real story out of your Blog. Just Like you have about the other fiasco that we caused . Nit Wit: what should I write about? Boss Man: I have no Idea , Make something up your good at that.
Zoltan December 06, 2013 at 04:43 PM
This incident reinforces the fact that Arlington's schools, students and teachers are just as susceptible to the wrongdoings that have been seen elsewhere. Fortunately it also affords us the opportunity to address some inadequacies without having to suffer a tragedy.
Hokey Wolf December 06, 2013 at 04:50 PM
WITHOUT SUFFERING A TRAGEDY? I guess you could careless about someone else's kid. Yes a tragedy happened a child no matter of what class they come from was allowed to leave a school without being stopped and allowed to enter a car with a complete stranger. I don't care if the Kid came from a group home or the wealthiest family in town . It is still a kid, Still a human , so yes a tragedy happened.
Mark Kaepplein December 06, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Mr. Wolf, nobody died, so "tragedy" is hype. Its a "teaching opportunity" for students, school, parents, and the community. BTW, more details on Advocate site, like $100,000 bail!
Hokey Wolf December 06, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Mark With all due Respect sir you must not have children or grandchildren. Because no child should ever be subjected to any type of sexual advances and this child did. So yes a "Tragedy" did occur.
Hokey Wolf December 06, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Mr.Kaepplein, Not all Arlington Kids live a " sheltered " life. Yeah maybe some of the more Liberal families in town try to shelter their children from the real world , that's why when they get out into the real world without mommy and daddy they can even wipe their own butts without asking their parents how to. Even better they do not even know how to hold a conversation with an adult. So please don't group all Arlington kids together.
Mark Kaepplein December 06, 2013 at 06:44 PM
At least we can be relieved that state Rep. Carlos Henriquez didn't drive to Arlington to snatch another young woman.
Mary T December 06, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Would someone tell me what are apple bottom jeans that eyesore mentions??? Anyway.... as a parent of a 16 year old who lived in Arlington but did NOT go to Ottoson, for SOOO many reasons, I hear a lot. Parents keep their heads in the sand! Parents don't talk to their kids about stuff they should be. Take a tour through cyber world sites. There are a lot of sick and twisted minds out there. People do not want to think about the bad stuff in life. How many parents really sat down with their kids and talked about their fellow Arlingtonian that murdered his babies and wife...really I bet not a whole heck of a lot of them. It is a sad state of affairs in the town, state, country and world. If you don't talk about it then it doesn't exist! Merry Christmas and Peace everyone.
Mary T December 06, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Oh one more thing....leave the group home kids and Germaine L kids out of it...that has nothing to do with anything. Give me a break.
Mark Kaepplein December 06, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Hokey, would you hold a candle light vigil with the liberal families you disparage for every time some boy gets a wedgie or crotch kneed, or girl has her bra snapped?
Edgen December 06, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Stephen, she could be a pagan. And have you figured out how the Cemetery Commission is involved?
Lynne December 06, 2013 at 08:25 PM
The school may have gone on lockdown to prevent anyone from leaving. Like the schoolteacher who was recently raped and slaughtered in a bathroom inside the school. Until every inch of the school could be searched, lockdown seems appropriate. This frightening situation has nothing to do with economic class, or what kind of household the child came from. Teenagers are susceptible to risk, all kiinds of risk, and all teenagers no matter their background. Kids are exposed to risk everywhere, the internet brings it into the home. Still, how can Ottoson be to 'blame' for one child who intentionally escaped the school - you'd prefer lockdown 100% of the time? It's unreasonable and irrational to assign kids safety to Ottoson or Chris Hansen. Reality is there is no guarantee that kids wouldn't ignore guidance no matter. This poor kid will undoubtedly not be likely to repeat the mistake.
rt December 06, 2013 at 09:18 PM
When you think about it, Ottoson staff did a remarkable job on this one. The kid got a 10 minute hall pass and disappeared. The teacher could have just forgot about her but instead noticed she was gone (immediately) and followed school/police protocol. When the kid returned to the school (40 minutes later) the police had the place locked down and they were in full-out search mode. I hope the school/town has some way to reward the teacher(s)/principal involved. They deserve our respect on this one. They were wide awake and knew what to do (and did it). The police were pretty impressive as well.
Rich H December 06, 2013 at 10:07 PM
hokey wolf, if there are families in this town that shelter their children, it would be NOT the liberals, it would be the fools that run around, trying to make believe that it is still the 1950's, and beaver cleaver and hokey wolf live next door.
Rich H December 06, 2013 at 10:09 PM
and yes, the APD, and the APS and the Ottoson staff did an amazing job with this. Well done to all, poor steve and hokey, for not being able to disparage them on this. How they must be seething.
Hokey Wolf December 06, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Rich H, Yes the APS and the Ottoson Staff did a wonderful job, sure they had a kid in a classroom surfing the net in chat rooms on school computers then let the kid walk right out the door to meet up with a stranger. Where can I sign my kids up for that? Shut your pie hole and go stick your head in the sand. If you got kids at that school I feel sorry for you,
Hokey Wolf December 07, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Mark Kaepplein, Like to see someone try and snap my daughters Bra . See how long they live. Shut our trap you weirdo. Its obvious you don't have children especially after you made those comments about those folks adopting those children. You know something I was against the one lane on Mass Ave. but after seeing how big of an A Hole you are I cant wait til they do it.
marc maquez December 07, 2013 at 02:20 PM
sounds like B.S. to me sure arrest the guy even though he probably did nothing of this sort i bet she was coerced into her statements bye cops
John B December 07, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Rich, Stephen and Hokey Wolf are the same person, Stephen Harrington.
Hokey Wolf December 07, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Hey Eyesore , I see your "Kindle" is working again.


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