Governor Charlie Baker said he expects the US attorney’s office to perform a “fair and completely independent” review of allegations against his adult son after an alleged incident on a JetBlue flight last week.
Speaking to reporters Monday at the State House, Baker said that state law enforcement will have no role in any investigation of Andrew Baker, known as A.J.
“Look, I love my son, but obviously these allegations are serious and they require an independent review, which is why he will cooperate with the US attorney’s office,” the governor said Monday.
Calling it a “personal matter,” Baker told reporters there are questions he can’t answer, given the “ongoing inquiry.” He declined to say what his son told him about the alleged incident.
“You know, that’s personal,” Baker said. “And again, there’s an ongoing inquiry going on here. And that ongoing inquiry needs to be led by the US attorney’s office. A.J. will cooperate.”
“We expect a fair and thorough and independent review,” he later added.
A spokeswoman for the US attorney for Massachusetts, Andrew E. Lelling, declined to comment Monday, saying that the office neither confirms nor denies the existence of investigations.
WCVB reported Monday that a 29-year-old female passenger said A.J. Baker groped her, prompting her to ask a flight attendant for help.
After JetBlue crew members told him he’d have to meet with State Police when the flight landed at Logan International Airport, A.J. Baker said he had been asleep for the whole flight, according to the TV station.
The authorities have not commented on the details. JetBlue issued a statement saying that the crew of Flight 1354 was notified of “an incident between customers shortly before landing in Boston.”
“The aircraft landed at approximately 11 p.m. local time where it was met by local authorities,” the statement said.
No charges have been filed.
A.J. Baker’s attorney, Roberto Braceras, said in an e-mail on Friday that his client was “fully cooperating and looks forward to a resolution of this matter.” He did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.
A.J. Baker, one of the governor’s three adult children, graduated from college in 2016.Matt Stout can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @mattpstout.