A woman who was raped more than 25 years ago by Essie L. Billingslea, the man accused of attacking an Arlington woman Sunday, said she did not know that a jury had decided to release Billingslea from civil commitment last year, until she learned he was accused in another attack.
“Nobody told me anything,” said the woman, who was 13 years old when Billingslea and two other men raped her in her home in 1988.
Billingslea, who was also convicted of two other rapes, had been held at the Massachusetts Treatment Center until March 2013 when a Suffolk jury voted 12 to 2 to release him, deeming him to no longer be “sexually dangerous.”
Now in her late 30s, the woman learned this week that Billingslea is accused of beating and raping an Arlington woman at knifepoint Sunday. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated rape, kidnapping, home invasion, and assault and battery.
“I thought it was horrible,” the woman said of the new allegations against Billingslea. “But I wasn’t surprised.”
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