Matthew Nilo was charged in connection with the sexual assault of four women in Boston over a decade ago. Reports say the suspect’s DNA was obtained from the utensils he used during a corporate event.Reports say between August 2007 and December 2008, four women became victims of sexual assault around the area of Terminal Street in the neighborhood of Charlestown in Boston, Massachusetts. Further reports say the victims were between 23 and 44 years old then.
An article in CNN states that after the sexual assault cases went cold for more than a decade, the Boston Police revisited the investigation in 2022. According to the statements released by the office of the District Attorney, the investigators utilized forensic investigative genetic genealogy. This means that they searched accessible DNA databases to narrow down the group of possible suspects.
Eventually, the investigators determined Matthew Nilo, 35, as a person of interest. Early this year, they began their surveillance on Nilo while he lived in New Jersey and worked in New York. In the end, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents were able to obtain the utensils and glasses Nilo used at some corporate event. The Boston Police Crime Lab then pulled a DNA profile from one of the glasses which matched the suspect’s profile in three of the sexual assault cases.
Charges Faced by Sexual Assault Suspect
According to Marcus, on June 5, Nilo was arraigned on one count each of indecent assault and battery and assault with intent to rape, two counts of kidnapping, and three counts of aggravated rape. Nonetheless, the sexual assault suspect’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, states that Nilo pleaded not guilty.
Reports say Nilo was arrested last week and is being held on a bond worth $500,000. If released on bail, Nilo must reportedly surrender his passport, avoid the area of the alleged assaults unless accompanied by his lawyer, have no contact with the sexual assault victims, and wear a GPS tracker. The suspect’s bail review hearing is scheduled on June 12.