BOSTON – The office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has confirmed the owner and operator of a Roxbury sober home for tenants in recovery has plead guilty and been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail on charges of distributing drugs to recovering substance users in exchange for sex.
David Perry, 58, of Reading, plead guilty in Suffolk Superior Court on October 2nd to 15 charges of evidence tampering, eight counts of the distribution of illicit drugs, six counts of possession Class B, C and E substances, six counts of sex for a fee and one count of distribution of a Class B substance.
Perry, who also practiced criminal defense law, operated Recovery Educational Services, Inc. (RES), a residential facility for men in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction located on Washington St. in Roxbury. An investigation by the Attorney General’s office revealed that from 2012 through 2017, Perry operated an organized scheme to keep residents on drugs and profit off them financially and sexually.
“David Perry intentionally abused his position of power as both a lawyer and operator of a sober home to prey on and exploit those in his care,” Attorney General Healey stated in a press release. “My office has made combating the opioid epidemic a top priority and we will continue to work with our partners to investigate and prosecute individuals who abuse and manipulate those in recovery.”
In early January 2016, Reading Police received information that Perry had invited several witnesses to his home in Reading with the promise of a free supply of GHB, cocaine and methamphetamine in exchange for sex. According to one witness who spent a week at Perry’s residence, the transactions occurred on a nightly basis.
Perry was arrested in November 2017 after a search warrant recovered cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine and prescription drugs including Methamphetamine, Sildenafil, Tadalafil and Clonazepam at both his residence and RES. He was indicted on 32 of the 34 counts previously in 2018, as well as one count each of distribution of a Class B substance and conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs in February of that year.
Perry also faces charges of evidence tampering by intentionally deceiving courts in the Commonwealth by providing false information and reports to probation departments on behalf of his residents in exchange for sex, drugs, and money. In some cases, letters indicating clean urine samples and residence at RES were later found to be without basis.
Following the guilty plea, Perry was sentenced to two-and-a-half years at Billerica House of Correction, followed by three years of probation during which he must surrender his license to practice law, regularly attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and remain drug free with random screens. Prosecutors also indicate he has been barred from operating any residential facilities for the immediate future.