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An accused serial rapist who kept Massachusetts communities on edge is back in the Bay State.
Marcelo Gancalve Mota, the suspect dubbed as the “MetroWest Serial Rapist,” is back in Massachusetts after being arrested Wednesday in New Jersey. He pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday.
The 35-year-old will face aggravated rape and other charges stemming from incidents in Westboro and Hopkinton in 2003.
"This was traumatic for the victims of the entire town. As time went on without an arrest, people were worried he might strike again. Knowing he's been in jail for a few years and has now been charged for the Westboro assaults, it's a weight off of everyone's shoulders," Chief Alan Gordon of the Westboro Police Department released in a statement.
Mota had fled from Massachusetts before being charged for those cases, but wound up getting arrested in New Jersey in 2007 on a rape charge. Mota was being held on bail awaiting trial and was found not guilty. Just before his release, local authorities were able to re-arrest him.
Mota was arraigned in Worcester Superior Court Thursday for a home invasion and rape, among other charges.
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