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Gov. Baker Says His Son Will Cooperate With Independent Review Into Alleged Plane Assault

Andrew "A.J." Baker is shown to the left of his father, Charlie Baker, in this 2015 photo from Baker's swearing-in ceremony in the House Chamber of the State House. (Steven Senne/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Andrew "A.J." Baker is shown to the left of his father, Charlie Baker, in this 2015 photo from Baker's swearing-in ceremony in the House Chamber of the State House. (Steven Senne/AP)

Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday morning responded to allegations against his adult son Andrew "A.J." Baker, who was accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger on a JetBlue flight from Washington to Boston last week.

Several media outlets on Friday reported the younger Baker inappropriately touched a female passenger as the plane was headed to Boston Wednesday night.

The reports say authorities at Logan met the plane at the gate, but that Baker was not arrested or taken into custody. No charges have been filed.

The governor on Monday said the matter is now under review by the U.S. attorney's office. He said his son would be cooperating fully with the investigation.

"We also expect the review will be fair and completely independent from this office," Baker said. "State authorities are not involved in this matter and we look forward to a full, complete and independent review by the U.S. attorney's office."

When asked if he stands by his son, the governor said he loves A.J., but added the allegations are serious and require an independent review.

The U.S. attorney's office told the Associated Press it can't confirm or deny an investigation.

Material from the Associated Press was used for this report.

Steve Brown Twitter Reporter/Anchor
Steve Brown is a veteran broadcast journalist who serves as WBUR's State House reporter.

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