NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, November 24, 2016, 8:50 AM
A former Massachusetts prosecutor who was once named one of the nation’s most eligible bachelors has been charged with rape — for the fourth time in a decade.
Gary Zerola, 45, turned himself in Wednesday after he was charged with sexually assaulting a woman in a Boston condo earlier this month. His bail was set at $ 10,000 and he was ordered to wear a GPS tracker, stick to a 9 p.m. curfew and abstain from drinking, the Boston Herald reported.
The former Suffolk County prosecutor was named Boston’s most eligible bachelor in 2001 by People and appeared in the magazine among other top singles throughout the U.S. He was later a finalist for ABC’s first season of “The Bachelor.”
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Zerola, who left the prosecutor’s office to work as a defense attorney, has faced rape accusations three times before in the past 10 years.
In 2006, he was accused of raping two women inside his Boston apartment, but was later found not guilty on both accounts.
A year later, he was accused of raping a woman while he visited Miami. Those charges were dropped, but less than a week later, he was charged for allegedly urinating in public, slapping a cop and trying to run away from the officer.
A jury cleared him of the assault charges on the cop.
In the most recent rape allegation, Zerola is accused of sexually assaulting a woman he knew after he brought her and her friend back to a Beacon Hill condominium. Prosecutors claimed the 45-year-old raped the unidentified victim as her friend slept nearby.
He faces two counts of rape for the Nov. 10 attack.
His attorney claimed the allegations are false, and questioned how the woman’s friend could sleep through the alleged sexual assault.
“Mr. Zerola is nothing more than a target in this case,” defense attorney Joseph Krowski Jr. told WCVB “This is a case based on a foundation of lies and we vigorously look forward to our day in court.”