Agawam man accused of raping date, now also accused in 2008 case


Nelson Abdala, an Agawam man charged with raping a woman he met through, is now also accused of a 2008 rape in Agawam.

Abdala, 36, was indicted by a Hampden Superior Court jury of rape and two counts of assault and battery, with the crimes alleged to have occurred Sept. 20 in Agawam with one victim.

But the indictment also has another charge of rape and another of assault and battery in Agawam. For those two charges, the date cited is May 16, 2008, and there are initials of a different victim than in the Sept. 20 charges.

Abdala had pleaded innocent to the Sept. 20 charges in Westfield District Court. The indictments move the case to Hampden Superior Court.

At a court hearing earlier this month in Westfield, Abdala was released with GPS monitoring, a curfew and a restraining order, after Judge Paul Smyth reversed his decision ordering the defendant held without bail.

Abdala is charged with raping a woman at School Street Park in Agawam while the pair were on a date on Sept. 20, according to a police statement. He was ordered held without bail following an Oct. 1 dangerousness hearing, but that decision was reversed after his lawyer Dianna Abdala filed an emergency motion for his release.

Attorney Abdala, the defendant’s sister, told a reporter she had submitted forensic evidence to the court proving her brother’s innocence, and leveled personal criticism at the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case.

On Oct. 8, Smyth upheld the finding of dangerousness but ordered Abdala released with GPS monitoring, a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and prohibitions from approaching the alleged victim. He is also prohibited from traveling outside Massachusetts.

Abdala set up a date with the unidentified women after messaging with her, according to a police statement of fact. The pair set up a date for Sept. 20, when Abdala allegedly picked the woman up and drove her to School Street Park, according to court filings.

“Once at the School Street Park they walked over the foot bridge when Nelson grabbed the victim by the back of the head-hair forcing her to the ground,” officer Michael DeCaro alleged in his statement.

Abdala allegedly raped the woman and punched her when she resisted, according to the police statement.

The alleged victim was admitted to Mercy Medical Center, according to court filings. She gave a statement to police on Sept. 23.



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