Attorney linked to sexual assaults in Charlestown, north Boston through DNA testing pleads not guilty to new charges

Attorney Matthew Nilo (35) pleaded "not guilty" in New York to new charges for sexual assaults committed in Boston 15 years ago.

Matthew Nilo, a 35-year-old attorney, has entered a “not guilty” plea in New York, confronting additional charges on top of the previous ones linked to alleged sexual assaults in Charlestown, Boston, dating back 15 years.

Nilo was initially apprehended at his residence in Weehawken, N.J., towards the end of May, in the company of his fiancée, Laura Griffin, whom he had proposed to just a few weeks earlier. After a “not guilty” plea, he was released on bail set at $500,000.

The new accusations arise from five assaults on four women – one of them was reportedly assaulted twice – taking place in the North End area of Boston between January 2007 and July 2008, according to prosecutors. Kevin Hayden, the Suffolk District Attorney, stated that Nilo resided in the neighborhood during that period, and the assaults shared a similar modus operandi with the Charlestown cases, as reported by Fox News.

Previously employed by Manhattan-based company Cowbell Cyber, Nilo was hired in January 2023 after a successful background check. However, he has since been suspended pending an additional investigation, following his arrest.

Nilo has been tied to the rapes through a DNA sample, as reported by ABC News. Boston authorities initially marked him as a suspect in three separate rape incidents that happened between 2007 and 2008. The victims were allegedly women who were walking alone.

At his arraignment in Suffolk (Long Island) Superior Court, Nilo pleaded “not guilty” to a total of seven new charges, which include aggravated rape and assault to rape. Following this, he was released on $50,000 bail this Thursday.

Authorities were able to identify Nilo through family members who willingly submitted their DNA samples to a genealogical database. This technique is currently the subject of a lawsuit in New Jersey and has been prohibited in New York due to its controversial nature. Nevertheless, this case transpired in Massachusetts, where District Attorney Hayden has lauded the investigators for their work.

Every charge is simply an accusation until proven in a court of law, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.