A New Jersey man was sentenced today to over a decade in state prison, after jurors found him guilty of aggravated rape and related charges in Suffolk Superior Court this week, prosecutors announced.
William E. Salinas, 24, attacked a 20-year-old woman in her Brighton home on Oct. 25, 2011. Entering the apartment through an unlocked balcony door, he bound her hands and assaulted her before running from the scene. Jurors convicted him Tuesday, after reviewing evidence and listening to testimony, according to a statement from Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.
Shortly after the attack, Boston police determined that the DNA from the crime scene matched DNA from an open case involving an attack on a Brookline Avenue woman a month earlier, prosecutors said.
Both cases went unsolved until late 2012, when Somerville police interviewed Salinas in connection with unsolved sexual assaults in Somerville. He made incriminating statements about the 2011 attacks, but said the sexual contact was consensual, said prosecutors.
At today’s sentencing hearing, the Brighton woman submitted a written statement detailing the lasting impacts of the attack.
“I was changed by William Salinas, but what happened to me affected the people I care the most about, and that hurt just as bad,” she wrote in the statement. “My family … always knew there were bad people out there, but they never thought that someone would just walk right in and hurt me.”
She also recalled a recent conversation she had with a Boston detective assigned to her case.
“He told me I was a survivor, and he was right,” she wrote. “I am no longer a victim – I am a survivor.”
Salinas is to serve 12 to 16 years in state prison, followed by 10 years of probation. He must register and undergo treatment as a sex offender, wear a GPS monitoring device, and have no contact with the victim during the probationary period.
“It was information sharing across jurisdictions that helped us solve this case,” said Conley in the statement. “But we could never have prosecuted it without this young woman’s courage. She made this city safer by taking the stand and testifying.”
Suffolk prosecutors requested Salinas be tried on both Boston offenses in one proceeding, but they were denied. His trial on the Brookline Avenue assault has not yet been scheduled.Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp