BOSTON (AP) – A judge’s sentence in an attack on two black girls requires a member of a prominent North Shore family to remove racist tattoos from his body and visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., among other things.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Charles Spurlock on Friday ordered Josiah Spaulding III to serve five years of probation in the 2002 attack, which prosecutors said was racially motivated. Spaulding, 26, is white, and was described by prosecutors at his trial as a “skinhead.”

In addition to requiring the museum visit and tattoo removal, Spurlock ordered Spaulding to perform 200 hours of community service at the Pine Street Inn or a veteran’s shelter; visit the historic African Meeting House in Boston; pay full restitution to the two victims for expenses related to the attack; continue with mental health treatment; and stay away from the two victims.

Spaulding was convicted of two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for striking the two teenage girls inside the Park Street MBTA station in downtown Boston on Nov. 22, 2002.

Spurlock, who heard the jury-waived case, acquitted Spaulding of four civil rights and constitutional violations.

Spaulding was among a group of nine people who argued with three black teens inside the subway station.

During his trial, several people who had been with Spaulding testified that he never uttered a racial epithet during the confrontation, but his girlfriend did.

The witnesses said one of the black teens responded by pushing Spaulding’s girlfriend up against the wall, hitting her with a bottle and choking her.

Spaulding hit the girl on the back of the head with a collapsible metal baton, according to the witnesses. He also hit a second girl who had not been involved in the confrontation, they said.

Spaulding’s attorney, Tom Hoopes, said he approved of his client’s sentence. Prosecutors also approved.

“Judge Spurlock’s sentence is one that addresses the very nature of the underlying offense,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

During the trial, prosecutors said they found Nazi paraphernalia and white supremacist literature in a locker he rented in Medford.

Spaulding is the son of Josiah A. Spaulding Jr.., president and chief executive of the Wang Center theater in Boston, and the grandson of Josiah A. Spaulding, the founder of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and one-time head of the state Republican Party.



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