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3-time convicted rapist charged in Arlington attack

Suspect gained release last year

MEDFORD — As a teenager, Essie L. Billingslea was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl at knifepoint in 1986. Two years later, he and two other boys took turns raping a 13-year-old in her home.

But last year, after almost two decades in custody for a third rape conviction, he was released from a treatment center for the sexually dangerous when a jury determined he no longer posed a threat.

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