BOSTON – A member of a prominent white family was acquitted Monday of civil rights violations in an attack on two black girls at a downtown subway station but found guilty of assault.
He was convicted of two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon but acquitted of four civil rights and constitutional violations in the Nov. 22, 2002, attack. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Charles Spurlock heard the case without a jury and set sentencing for Aug. 25.
Spaulding, 26, was among a group of nine people who argued with three black teenagers inside the subway station.
Witnesses testified that he never uttered a racial epithet during the confrontation but that his girlfriend did. The witnesses said one of the black teens responded by pushing Spaulding's girlfriend, hitting her with a bottle and choking her.
Spaulding pulled out a collapsible metal baton and hit the girl on the back of the head, according to the witnesses. He also hit a second girl who was not involved in the confrontation, they said.
Prosecutors had described Spaulding as a "skinhead" and said they found Nazi paraphernalia and white supremacist literature in a locker he rented.