A Boston man was arrested Friday and charged in connection with swastikas that were spray-painted on the JFK Federal Building in Boston.

Gerard Richard Lee, 70, of Boston, was charged with one count of injuring or depredating government property, according to a media release from the office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling. Lee was scheduled to make an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Dein today.

According to charging documents, on Friday, Aug. 28, a police officer saw Lee spray paint graffiti, including swastikas, on the air intake stack at the federal office building in Boston.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Timothy Bane, Regional Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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The details contained in the criminal complaint are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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