After he was arrested last week and was charged with raping a mentally disabled younger man, a search warrant was executed at his Michael Drive home on Wednesday, according to police. John E. Beals, Sr., was later charged with larceny more than $250 by a single scheme and receiving stolen property more than $250.
BROCKTON – A search warrant was conducted at the home of a Brockton Housing Authority maintenance supervisor, who was arrested last week and charged with raping a mentally disabled younger man.
Now, John E. Beals Sr., 59, is being charged with several counts of stealing, following an investigation related to his use of a Brockton Housing Authority master key. The additional charges of larceny over $250 by a single scheme and receiving stolen property more than $250 were filed by Brockton police after a search warrant was conducted at Beals' 40 Michael Drive home late Wednesday afternoon.
Brockton police said they confiscated several keys belonging to the Brockton Housing Authority on Wednesday at Beals' home. One of those keys was a master key for Brockton Housing Authority properties, according to police.
"He said he was going to turn them in, but he didn't have the time," said police Detective Sgt. Michael Dennehy, summarizing a police report on the search. "He had a lot of things going on, he said, so he didn't have time to return them."
In addition to a master key and other keys, Brockton police said they seized several tools and equipment at Beals' home that are property of the Brockton Housing Authority, including a Dewalt drill and five snow shovels.
Beals was first arrested and charged with rape on Wednesday last week after police began investigating the alleged misuse of a master key for the Brockton Housing Authority. The key investigation led police to the alleged victim, a 22-year-old contract security officer for the Brockton Housing Authority, who told police that he moved in with Beals eight months ago.
The 22-year-old alleged victim told police that, despite how he repeatedly said "no,' Beals would touch him inappropriately and have sex with him. The victim said this went on throughout the course of his stay at Beals' Michael Drive home, and that Beals would pay him off and lavish him with gifts in order to get him to comply.
In a police report, an officer said his opinion is that Beals is “the type of individual that preys” on young, mentally challenged men, sexually abusing his victims while “showering” them with free items and money.
Brockton police also said in a police report on the rape charge that there were several other incidents reported in the last few years at Beals' home, including "an odd sexual disturbance" and another involving a victim with a learning disability.
Beals was arraigned last week on charges of rape and indecent assault and battery on an intellectually disabled person. Beals was released on $2,500 bail, set by Judge Daniel Hourihan, and he is due back in court on March 6 for a probable cause hearing.
A not guilty plea was entered on Beals’ behalf.
Reached on Thursday, the executive director of the Brockton Housing Authority said Beals remains employed by the agency, but he is now on paid leave, as a matter of policy as the investigation continues. Beals has worked for the Brockton Housing Authority for about 37 years.
"This is a police matter, and a personnel matter," said BHA executive director Thomas Thibeault. "I can't comment on the specifics."
Thibeault said he is aware of the police search and the new charges filed against Beals.
Thibeault said the BHA is conducting its own investigation, and hopes to wrap it up this week. Then, there would be a hearing with Beals before the BHA makes a decision, he said.
"We will move forth as quickly as we can," Thibeault said. "We are going through the process of an investigation. And we'll be wrapping that up this week, and taking the actions that we need to take."