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Barnstable boat builder ordered held on rape, assault charges

A Cape Cod boat builder accused of rape was ordered held Tuesday during a dangerousness hearing at Barnstable District Court, according to the Cape & Islands district attorney’s office.

Peter Eastman, 57, owner of Howard Boats in Barnstable, was arraigned on Sept. 11 on rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over, Cape & Islands District Attorney Robert J. Galibois’s office said in a statement.

At the arraignment, Eastman was ordered held, pending Tuesday’s dangerousness hearing.

Eastman’s bail was also revoked in a separate case in which he is facing charges of assault using a dangerous weapon, violation of a restraining order, firearms charges, according to the statement.


He was ordered held without bail. He is due back in court on Sept. 25 for a status review.

No further information was released.

Cathy Ching can be reached at Follow her @bycathyching.