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Juror speaks out on alleged Arlington assault suspect

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Essie Billingslea is being held without bail after an alleged sexual assault. Essie Billingslea is being held without bail after an alleged sexual assault.
ARLINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) - A juror who helped free a sex offender who allegedly sexually assaulted an Arlington woman said the jury "failed."

Essie Billingslea is now being held without bail after an alleged sexual assault over the weekend. Billingslea is a Level 3 Sex Offender with three prior convictions, all against children.

In 2006, a court ruled that Billingslea was a sexually dangerous person and he was placed behind bars indefinitely. But, in 2013 his case went back before a jury and they voted by a simple majority to set him free.

The unidentified juror who was part of the group that set him free told the Herald, "We let someone out that caused harm to another human being, and that's horrible. I feel terrible that this horrible thing happened to this woman...We failed."

That juror said the Department of Corrections dropped the ball in the case. He told the paper, "the [DOC] lawyer didn't even work hard to prove this guy was a danger. The state used a couple of expert witnesses who were going by what was written in the reports, and they hadn't actually sat down and talked to him."

He said since the state didn't make a case that Billingslea would rape again, they freed him and declared he was no longer a sexually dangerous person.

The Department of Corrections told the Herald that there were inaccuracies in that juror's version of the story and the truth would come out when court documents were released.

Billingslea will return to court for a dangerousness hearing at the end of the week.
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