Once dubbed by People magazine as one of the country’s “Most Eligible Bachelors,” former Suffolk County Assistant Prosecutor Gary Zerola must now stand trial for rape. Zerola faces rape charges in Massachusetts and Florida.
Opening statements in Suffolk Superior Court are scheduled for Wednesday. The trial in Massachusetts involves his alleged rape of two women. One incident reportedly occurred in Boston in 2006, while the other is said to have taken place in 2004. Both women were 19-years-old at the time of the alleged attacks.
The woman allegedly assaulted in the 2004 attack says that Zerola raped her repeatedly while she was in his apartment. The other woman says that he physically assaulted her and ripped her clothes when she refused his sexual advances.
Zerola also faces charges in Florida for allegedly raping an 18-year-old woman after forcing her to take drugs. The sexual assault incident reportedly occurred in Miami in October while Zerola was out on bail. The woman says she was a virgin before the assault.
Middlesex County prosecutor Suzanne M. Kontz says Zerola targeted these women. Prior to allegedly raping his victim in the 2006 case, he bought her expensive clothing at Neiman Marcus.
Zerola has pled not guilty to all charges, which include rape, assault to rape, assault and battery, kidnapping, witness intimidation, and providing alcohol to a minor. He is charged with sexual battery in Florida.
Friends of Zerola say the man has dedicated his career to helping people. As an assistant district attorney, he prosecuted people accused of domestic violence and child abuse. He also is a well-known advocate of foster children. Zerola opened his own criminal defense law firm in 2000.
DA aims to show hunk is a skunk, Boston Herald, January 8, 2008
‘Most Eligible Bachelor’ faces rape cases in two states, CNN.com, January 7, 2008
Related Web Resources:
Six Who Made a Difference Share Their Wishes: Gary Zerola, Boston Globe, February 22, 2004
Opening statements in Zerola case expected on Wednesday, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, January 8, 2008
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