A Suffolk County Superior Court judge has ordered a review of reports from state mental health examiners prior to the scheduled release of a convicted serial rapist who has been in state custody for more than 40 years.
Wayne Chapman, 70, was sent to prison in 1977 for raping two boys in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Two experts testified earlier this year that Chapman was no longer sexually dangerous, meaning the Department of Corrections has to set him free. Chapman's lawyer, Eric Tennen, said his client will be released as soon as the state is able to line up housing for his client.
Attorney Wendy Murphy, who is representing an unknown number of Chapman's victims, filed a petition last week to stop his release.
The state has until Friday to submit the examiners' reports, according to the judge's order.
Chapman has spent years trying to be released, but he was found to be too dangerous each time and refused to take part in treatment while in prison.
Court documents show that Chapman had roughly 50 victims over a 10-year span, and he is believed to have molested many of them in wooded areas by luring them there to help him find a phony dog.
Chapman also remains the main suspect in the 1976 disappearance of Andy Puglisi, a 10-year-old boy who was never seen seen again after heading to a Lawrence pool.