Nelson Abdala, Agawam man accused of raping date, released; lawyer calls prosecutor ‘deranged’

The Agawam man charged with raping a woman during a date has been released with GPS monitoring, a curfew and a restraining order, after Judge Paul Smyth reversed his decision ordering the defendant held without bail.

Nelson Abdala, 36, allegedly raped a woman at School Street Park 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 attorney Dianna Abdala filed an emergency motion for his release.

Attorney Abdala, the defendant’s sister, told MassLive 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.

“Despite the new, exculpatory evidence, ADA Lee Baker refuses to agree to the release of Nelson Abdala. Instead, Baker is insisting that an innocent man continue to be held without bail at the Hampden County House of Correction,” Attorney Abdala wrote in an email. “Apparently, ADA Lee Baker is the most deranged of all parties involved in the matter.”

The Hampden County District Attorney’s Office did not respond to a request for comment.

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 on, 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, and Abdala was arraigned in Westfield District Court on charges of rape, assault and battery and indecent assault and battery.

He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 9.


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