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Man accused in Arlington rape held without bail

Cambridge District Court Judge Roanne Sragow-Licht presided over the hearing for for Essie L. Billingslea.

Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

Cambridge District Court Judge Roanne Sragow-Licht presided over the hearing for for Essie L. Billingslea.

MEDFORD — Essie L. Billingslea, a convicted rapist who won his release last year after convincing a jury he was no longer sexually dangerous, declined to press for bail today on new charges that he raped a woman in Arlington last weekend.

Billingslea faces multiple charges, including aggravated rape, stemming from the assault on the woman that allegedly ended only because Arlington police had arrived to conduct a well-being check on the victim.

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Billingslea agreed that he was a danger to the public during a brief hearing before Cambridge District Court Judge Roanne Sragow-Licht.

Sragow-Licht ordered him held without bail under the dangerousness statute. He is scheduled to return to court July 2.

Billingslea had been held at the Massachusetts Treatment Center until March 2013 when a Suffolk jury voted 12-2 to release him from civil custody, deeming him to be no longer “sexually dangerous.”

Before his 2013 release, Billingslea had served nearly two decades for three rapes: the 1986 rape of an 11-year-old girl; the 1988 assault of a 13-year-old; and the 1993 attack on another 11-year-old girl. Billingslea was sentenced to five years for the 1988 assault and raped his third victim within 18 months of his release.

After completing his sentence for the 1993 attack, he was civilly committed to the Massachusetts Treatment Center for one day to life, with annual reviews. One of the reviews led to his release in 2013.

He allegedly attacked an Arlington woman Sunday night at her home.

He may have been living with a relative in Arlington and not in Boston homeless shelters as he reported to the Sex Offender Registry Board. That issue that is under investigation by Arlington police.

Peter Schworm can be reached at schworm@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globepete.
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