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Quincy developer gets probation term

DEDHAM — Prominent Quincy developer William O’Connell was sentenced to three years of probation Friday after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug possession, but statutory rape charges against him were dropped after the teenage girl involved died.

In 2011, the girl accused the now 73-year-old O’Connell of carrying on a sexual relationship with her when she was 14 and 15 years old. He also allegedly gave the girl cocaine — the basis of a drug trafficking charge against him.

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