Boston Man Accused of Raping Girl, 7

The Boston Globe reports on a disturbing story of a 24-year-old East Boston man, accused of raping a 7-year-old girl in Allston multiple times over the past few months. The girl is the daughter of a parishioner of an Allston church of which the accused man, Erik Roldan, is a member.

Roldan had met the girl’s family at the church and was occasionally counseled by the father. Roldan allegedly raped the girl at least once and sexually assaulted her several other times at her Allston home when the father was not there, according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

On July 4, after the church’s Sunday service, Roldan was among a group that the girl’s mother invited back to the family’s home. While alone in the kitchen with the child, Roldan allegedly raped her. The Globe reports that, according to the police report, Roldan told the girl not to tell her parents and threatened her.

Roldan, who is hearing impaired, pleaded not guilty in Brighton District Court through an interpreter to three counts of forcible rape of a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14. Judge David T. Donnelly ordered Roldan held on $100,000 bail and ordered him to have no contact with the girl or her family. He is due back in court on Sept. 15.