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West Roxbury man accused of raping concertgoer

Bystanders witnessed alleged incident at Keith Urban concert

A West Roxbury man has been arrested after allegedly raping a female fan in front of onlookers at a Keith Urban concert Saturday in Mansfield.

Sean Murphy, 18, was allegedly on top of the victim on the lawn at the Xfinity Center as bystanders took photos and videos of the alleged assault on their cellphones, Mansfield police said in a statement Tuesday. Another female concertgoer pushed Murphy off the victim, before the suspect ran into the crowd, police said.

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Murphy has been charged with one count of rape, according to police. “Thanks to concerned patrons, the female victim was removed from the area and they assisted her in getting her help and reuniting her with her friends,” police said.

Police responded after a concertgoer approached them at the event and reported seeing the alleged sexual assault. Bystanders in the area of the assault gave police a description of the suspect, and they located Murphy and arrested him.

Digital evidence from witnesses’ cellphones documenting the alleged assault is being examined by police as part of the investigation.

Murphy’s lawyer, Neil P. Crowley, said in a statement Tuesday that “This was a consensual act, not a sexual assault. There are no allegations of force or violence put against him.

“This was a private act that regrettably occurred in a public place. Mr. Murphy deeply regrets this incident and I’m sure the young woman does as well.”

Murphy has no criminal history, according to Crowley.

The lawyer said the female allegedly assaulted was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time. He did not comment on whether his client was sober.

Officials did not give the victim’s age or release other details of the incident.

Also on Saturday at the concert, eight ambulances were called to take fans to hospitals, a majority of them suffering from alcohol-related incidents.

And on Tuesday night, the Xfinity Center hosted “Nine Inch Nails, Sound Garden,” an industrial-rock concert. Mansfield police said they had heard of no incidents at the concert, as of late Tuesday night.

Globe correspondent Trisha Thadani contributed to this report. Zolan Kanno-Youngs can be reached at zolan.kanno-youngs@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kannoyoungs.
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