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A cyber attorney charged with multiple counts of rape and kidnapping for a string of assaults that took place 16 years ago now faces additional charges.
Matthew Nilo, 35, was indicted on additional charges of rape, aggravated rape, three counts of assault with intent to rape, and two counts of indecent assault and battery, CNN reported. These new charges are added to his initial charges, which included three counts of aggravated rape, two counts of kidnapping, one count of assault with intent to rape, and one count of indecent assault and battery, the New York Post reported.
“The incidents followed a similar pattern. The victims were attacked while they were walking alone, in the dark, either at night or early in the morning,” the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release. “The newly-indicted attacks occurred at the time that Nilo was living in the North End and during the same period as the attacks against women in Charlestown for which Nilo is already charged.”
Nilo would have been about 19 or 20 when the rapes were committed. A DNA sample connected him to the attacks on four women between August 2007 and December 2008 that occurred in the Terminal Street area, according to the Boston Globe. He was arrested earlier this month at his home in Weehawken, New Jersey.
One of the alleged victims, identifying herself only as Lori, was angry earlier this month when Nilo was released on $500,000 bail. The woman told the Daily Mail that it was “bulls***” for Nilo to be freed. She was seen shaking with anger.
“He literally hid from cops for 16 years. How is he not a flight risk?” she told the outlet.
Nilo is accused of raping Lori at gunpoint 16 years ago, leaving her with post-traumatic stress disorder and forcing her to go on disability, she told the Mail. Lori is one of four original alleged victims who were between the ages of 23 and 44 when the crimes occurred.
“The cops came to my house and said they had identified him and they said that he was identified by DNA — and I was just relieved,” she told the Mail. “I was in disbelief and awe because I didn’t think he was going to get caught. I’ve been waiting for years for him to get arrested.”
Law enforcement says they matched Nilo’s DNA to family members who had sent DNA samples to a genealogy database, such as “23 and Me.”
“Investigators never stopped analyzing evidence, collecting information and running down leads in order to bring dangerous offenders to justice,” Suffolk County, Massachusetts District Attorney Kevin Hayden said after Nilo was arrested, according to WABC.
Nilo previously lived in Boston’s North End and was identified as a suspect last month using investigative genetic genealogy. In addition to the genealogy work, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative was also used to identify Nilo. The SAKI is a federal grant program that helps states process sexual assault collection kits.