Gary Zerola, a former “Most Eligible Bachelor” in People Magazine, has been accused of raping three girls. See his photos and read more of this scandal below.
Gary Zerola will go on trial tomorrow, accused of raping two girls, one in 2004 and one in 2006. He is also charged in a separate case in Florida.
Gary Zerola is the youngest of seven children. When he was 3 years old, he was placed in a foster home. His parents had divorced, and his mother had fallen ill. Over the next ten years, Zerola lived in a dozen foster homes until he finally settled permanently in suburban Boston with a lawyer and his wife. In People Magazine, he was quoted as saying,
“Statistically speaking, I should be in debt or in jail because of the upbringing I had.”
Now he might be falling into one of those traps. Having been named one of People’s Most Eligible Bachelors in 2003, and almost making the cut for ABC’s “The Bachelor”, no one would suspect that Zerola would soon be on trial for rape. He was a successful criminal defense attorney who championed the cause of foster children. His law license has now been suspended.
Although his attorney says Zerola “is simply a man who meets women in bars,” the prosecutor in Boston says he’s a serial rapist who would groom women before sexually assaulting them.
In the trial that starts tomorrow, the woman accuses Zerola of taking her shopping and back to his apartment. She alleges that when she refused his sexual advances that he ripped off her dress and underwear and slammed her head into the wall.
In Miami, Zerola is accused of forcing a college student to take pills and sexually assaulting her. The girl woke up naked and bleeding next to Zerola and called police on her cell phone. Zerola denies having had sex with the girl, but he refused to take a DNA test. Zerola was in Florida while on bail in Massachusetts – he was not supposed to leave Massachusetts. He went to Miami to watch the Patriots-Dolphins game. He tested positive for drugs and alcohol at the time of his arrest.
Zerola has appeared as a guest on Fox TV’s “Power of Attorney,” “Judge Hatchett,” “The Connection” and “Chronicle.”
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