A Boston protection legal professional as soon as named as one in every of Individuals journal’s most eligible bachelors has been charged with raping two girls, prosecutors stated.
Gary Zerola, 49, who appeared within the journal’s 2001 checklist of “America’s Prime 50 Bachelors” alongside the likes of actors Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Benicio del Toro, was arraigned on Jan. 15 on expenses of rape and breaking and getting into with felony intent, Suffolk County District Lawyer Rachael Rollins stated.
Prosecutors stated Zerola, who was already out on bail on earlier rape allegations, met a lady at a gathering on Jan. 11 and later accompanied her and a mutual acquaintance to her Boston house.
Zerola then allegedly returned to the girl’s house, the place she awoke to the legal professional sexually assaulting her early on Jan. 12, prosecutors stated.
Gary Zerola, 49, who’s going through rape and breaking and getting into expenses, has been ordered held with out bail.Boston Police Division
He was ordered to stay in custody throughout a dangerousness listening to Thursday, the Boston Globe reported.
Rollins stated the accusations in opposition to Zerola — who beforehand labored as an assistant district legal professional in Essex County for one yr and Suffolk County for 2 months in 2000 — had been “deeply troubling” and famous the incident allegedly happened as he confronted earlier rape allegations.
Zerola had been free on $10,000 bail for allegedly raping one other girl in 2016. He has pleaded not responsible within the Suffolk County Superior Courtroom case, the Globe reported.
Prosecutors stated two further girls have since claimed Zerola additionally raped them within the 1990s and he’s been acquitted in separate rape and tried rape instances in Massachusetts. A previous intercourse assault case in opposition to him was additionally dropped in Florida, the Globe reported.
“The court docket agreed with our place that Mr. Zerola is a hazard to the group,” Rollins stated in a press release. “He has a historical past of rape allegations relationship again to 1996.”
A not responsible plea was entered on Zerola’s behalf throughout his arraignment final week. His legal professional declined to remark Thursday, the Globe reported.
In 2001, Zerola, then 29, was featured in Individuals journal as a lawyer and foster care advocate who arrange his personal regulation follow following almost two years as a Massachusetts prosecutor. He famous his difficult childhood in an interview, saying he lived in additional than 12 foster houses from age three by way of 15.
“Statistically talking, I must be in debt or in jail due to the upbringing I had,” Zerola advised Individuals.