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Felon with lengthy record faces charges of raping 10-year-old

Will be arraigned in court today

A Boston man with a long history of criminal charges, including for sexual assault, allegedly raped a friend’s 10-year-old niece while driving her to a summer program last Thursday, court records show.

Erroll Foreman, 49, of Dorchester, faces three counts of rape of a child with force. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Dorchester Municipal Court on Tuesday.

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According to a Boston police report filed in court, Foreman picked the girl up from her Mattapan home just before 7:30 a.m. Thursday. When he dropped her off at her summer program, the report indicates, the girl told her program director that the man who drove her to school had assaulted her.

She later told authorities that she knew him only as “Bam,” and that he “threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone what happened.”

Foreman has a long criminal history detailed in court records that includes accusations of rape, assault and battery on a police officer, and threatening workers in the district attorney’s office.

Court records show that Foreman’s arrests date to at least 1984, when he was accused of being a disorderly person in Roxbury Municipal Court. In 1987, he was convicted of raping a child and deriving support from prostitution.

Foreman was convicted of assault and battery on a police officer in 1996, and a police report from the time describes how he, with a child in the back of his Corvette, resisted arrest and assaulted a state trooper with the trooper’s stun device.

Erroll Foreman, 49, is listed in legal filings as a Level 3 sex offender, but his name could not be found on the state registry.

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In subsequent years, he was charged multiple times with operating with a suspended license, failure to register as a sex offender, and assault. Foreman is listed in legal filings as a Level 3 sex offender, but his name could not be found on the state Sex Offender Registry Board website on Monday.

Kidnapping and assault charges against Foreman, as well as three counts of aggravated rape, were dismissed in 1999 in Suffolk County after prosecutors said they could not move forward with the case successfully, court files show.

In 2006, more rape charges against Foreman were dismissed when an alleged victim in the case did not want to testify, court records show. Globe reports from the time recount how Foreman had been serving a six-month sentence in the Norfolk County Jail for witness intimidation and was about to be released when he was charged with raping a college student in the Fenway neighborhood in 2004 and another student in Dorchester in 2003.

The police commissioner at the time, Kathleen M. O’Toole, told reporters: “These charges . . . show that we do not give up. The Boston Police Department and the Suffolk district attorney’s office are committed to bringing dangerous predators to justice.”

In 2006, a domestic violence coordinator from the Plymouth County district attorney’s office stated in a request for police reports that she was considering putting Foreman in the Safety First Offender group of the “worst domestic violence offenders in the Brockton area.”

Six years later, Foreman was charged with witness intimidation for allegedly harassing workers in the Suffolk district attorney’s office outside Dorchester Municipal Court. A police report indicates Foreman followed investigators in his black BMW and touched one on the elbow outside court, but prosecutors did not go forward with the case, citing insufficient evidence.

About a year before that incident, in February 2011, a tenant of Foreman’s in a Dorchester apartment told police he had grabbed her by the throat, threw her to the ground, and kicked her, but the assault charges were later dismissed.

Foreman’s voice is largely absent in court records, except for an appeal filing in 1999, when he asked a judge to revise his sentence for an assault conviction stemming from an altercation with his former girlfriend.

In it, he writes that his mother was killed by a former boyfriend when he was 16 and he never knew his father. He said he took community college courses in prison and wanted to break away from violence.

“I am 33 years old and will be 36 when I am released,” Foreman wrote at the time. “I expect to have many years ahead of me and I want to prevent the continuous cycle of incarceration.”

John R. Ellement of
the Globe staff contributed to this report. Zachary T. Sampson can be reached at zachary.sampson@globe.com.
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