Boston man indicted in rape, beating of Arlington woman

A Boston man has been indicted in a June home invasion and sexual assault of a woman in Arlington, authorities said Friday.

Essie Billingslea, 45, is accused of assaulting a woman in her home June 1, and he has been indicted on several charges, including aggravated rape, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, being a habitual offender, and being a habitual criminal, the Middlesex district attorney’s office said.


Billingslea allegedly pushed his way into the victim’s home that night, assaulted her, held a knife against her, and had a gun, prosecutors said.

Upon arrival at the scene, Arlington police found the victim injured and in obvious distress.

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Billingslea’s arraignment date has not yet been scheduled.

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

Peter Schworm of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Trisha Thadani can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.
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