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Video of additional victim of alleged serial rapist discovered in cloud storage, Suffolk DA says

The John Adams Courthouse, at left, and the Suffolk Superior Court, at right.
The John Adams Courthouse, at left, and the Suffolk Superior Court, at right.Chin, Barry Globe Staff

An alleged serial rapist has been charged with assaulting a ninth woman after Boston police discovered he recorded a sexual assault on an “unconscious or semi-conscious or unresponsive” woman in 2018 that lasted at least 46 minutes, authorities said Thursday.

Alvin R. Campbell Jr., of Cumberland, R.I., allegedly posed as an Uber driver to target intoxicated women leaving nightspots in downtown Boston between 2017 and 2019, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s office.

Campbell, 39, was first charged in 2019 with raping a 26-year-old woman, an assault he allegedly recorded on his cellphone. After that arrest, detectives found video recordings of attacks on seven other women, prosecutors said. Campbell has been held in custody without bail since he was indicted last year.

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Detectives obtained a search warrant to investigate the cloud storage linked to Campbell’s cellphone, authorities said. They discovered videos of a woman Campbell had allegedly taken on June 16, 2018, including one that was time-stamped 5:42 a.m.

“The victim [was] unconscious and dressed while lying on her back on the backseat of the defendant’s SUV,” according to prosecutors’ statement of the case. Campbell “proceeded to rape her ... for extended periods of time while she remained unconscious or semiconscious and unresponsive.”

Campbell allegedly took a photo of the woman’s passport, and when investigators found her she said she believed she had been raped during that ride but never reported it to authorities. She had gone out with friends in downtown Boston and was drunk when she left a nightclub, intent on grabbing a ride home.

“There was a black SUV parked nearby” with Campbell behind the wheel, according to prosecutors. She “entered the vehicle and had no memory of what ensued or where she was taken until she awoke in the back seat.”

Campbell was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday on three counts of rape and two counts of filming an unsuspecting nude person. He was held in custody pending a dangerousness hearing. Campbell is due back in court April 27.

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“Women have every right to partake in and enjoy an evening out, to drink and to have fun without risk or fear of being harassed, violated or harmed,” Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said.

Campbell is the brother of Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell, who previously told the Globe she’s “extremely heartbroken and saddened and devastated by these allegations.”


John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.