2nd Boston Official Charged in Music Festival Extortion

Timothy Sullivan, Boston's Chief of Staff of Intergovernmental Affairs, was arrested after a two-count federal indictment

A second Boston official has been arrested in connection with the extortion of production companies involved with the "Boston Calling" music festival in the city.

Timothy Sullivan, Boston's Chief of Staff of Intergovernmental Affairs, was indicted in a two-count federal indictment, according to U.S. District Attorney Carmen Ortiz's Office.

Sullivan, who was charged with conspiracy to extort a company and extortion, is expected to face a federal judge at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Associated Press reports his attorney, Thomas Kiley, declined to comment.

In May, Kenneth Brissette, Boston's top tourism official, was indicted on extortion of the same company.

They are accused of pressuring organizers of the Boston Calling music festival to hire union workers and refusing to issue permits until eight laborers and a foreman were hired between July and September 2014.

Brissette pleaded not guilty and was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond. He is currently on paid administrative leave.

Mayor Marty Walsh released a statement Wednesday morning that read in part, "I am deeply concerned about these allegations. It is a great privilege to serve in City Hall and I will not allow anyone to squander that privilege. I expect everyone to perform at the highest ethical standards. There is no room in my Administration for the type of behavior that is alleged here."

The statement added the mayor is calling for an ethics training program for all city department heads.

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