A former Boston prosecutor who was once named one of PEOPLE’s most eligible bachelors has been charged with rape.
Gary Zerola, 49, of Salem, was arraigned on Jan. 15 on charges of rape and breaking and entering with felony intent. He is being held without bond.
The former defense attorney was once named to People’s list of “America’s Top 50 Bachelors.”
According to Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, Zerola is a danger to the community because he has rape allegations dating back to 1996.
Zerola grew up in the foster care system and lived in more than a dozen homes. After aging out of the system, he graduated with dual degrees in law and public administration from Suffolk University, according to the NY Post.
Zerola was already out on bail for a 2016 rape when the January 12 attack occurred, Masslive.com reported.
Zerola met his latest victim at a gathering on Jan. 11 and dropped her off at her apartment, along with a mutual friend.
Prosecutor’s say Zerola returned later than night, and the victim awoke to find him on top of her.
Zerola has pleaded not guilty to rape and breaking and entering charges.