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R.I. man held in pending rape case charged with seven additional alleged rapes in Boston

A Rhode Island man charged in January with raping a woman after kidnapping her outside a Boston bar faces new charges of sexually assaulting seven women between 2017 and 2019, officials said Thursday.

Alvin Campbell, 39, is being held on $250,000 bail for allegedly raping a woman he picked up while posing as an Uber driver on Dec. 7. The older brother of Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell, he was charged this week with a series of “chillingly similar crimes,” the Suffolk district attorney’s office said in a statement.

“The attacks on these women are the acts of a predator,” Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said. “Women are entitled to go out and enjoy themselves without the fear of being preyed upon, kidnapped or raped.”

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Campbell’s lawyer, James J. Coviello, said by e-mail that his client “unequivocally” denies all allegations of wrongdoing.

“One case or eight, they will all be defended with the same ardor and vigor,” Coviello wrote.

He faces criminal complaints in three Boston Municipal courts — Central, Roxbury, and South Boston — on numerous charges of kidnapping, rape, and recording a nude person without consent, prosecutors said. Arraignments for the new charges have not been scheduled.

In a statement, Andrea Campbell said she was “shocked and devastated by these new charges.”

“First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers go to the victims of these horrendous crimes and all victims of sexual abuse,” she said. “I pray for their safety and healing. I trust that justice will be served.”

Alvin Campbell allegedly targeted victims in bars and other places “where intoxication had made them incapable of consenting or resisting,” prosecutors said. The women thought they were with the ride-share driver they had called, prosecutors said.

Campbell has not worked for Uber since 2016, but when authorities seized his black Chevrolet Suburban in the December case, it was “festooned with Uber stickers and logos,” prosecutors said. Most of the alleged assaults occurred in Campbell’s sport utility vehicle, and he allegedly took recorded video of five unconscious victims, according to prosecutors.

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Campbell was arrested in January on charges that he raped a Boston woman who had gotten into his SUV outside the Harp bar near TD Garden thinking it was her Uber ride, prosecutors said.

The woman said she remembered nothing from the moment she got into the vehicle until she awoke at Campbell’s home in Cumberland, R.I., according to prosecutors. Campbell was attempting to have his bail reduced when the new charges were filed, prosecutors said.

Rollins said the victims of the attacks did not know each other, with one exception.

“They shared in common only that each were out enjoying nightlife in Boston when Campbell found and violated them,” Rollins said. “Now, they are linked by those horrific assaults. But these eight women are also linked due to the incredible bravery and courage they each displayed coming forward to hold their rapist accountable.”


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe. Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.