Former Boston Attorney Held Without Bail, Facing Rape And B & E Charges

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Former Boston defense attorney Gary Zerola has been ordered held without bail, after a dangerousness hearing in Boston Municipal Court on Thursday.

Zerola of Salem was arrested by Boston Police on Jan. 15, 2021 on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime and rape, after the department issued a search warrant.

The 49-year-old has been accused of rape multiple times with allegations dating back to the 1990s, already under indictment and out on bail for a 2016 rape charge. He has been acquitted once.

Zerola's attorney Joseph Krowski requested that the judge allow his client to be released, claiming that Zerola is a target.

"Seven zeros still equals zero," Krowski said. "There is no evidence that Mr. Zerola is going to present a danger to anyone."

However the prosecutor in the case said almost all the women accusing Zerola of rape have highly similar stories.

"After a night that included alcohol consumption, some kind of social setting, that they were literally asleep, unconscious when Mr. Zerola forced himself on them," he said.

Judge Thomas Horgan said he would not consider Zerola's previous acquittal in his decision before making the ruling.

Zerola has pleaded not guilty to both charges. He returns to court on Feb. 22, 2021.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports.

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(Photo: Boston Police Department)

Written by Rachel Armany

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