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July 29, 2008

Paroled murderer held on $300,000 cash bail on rape charges

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HAVERHILL — A Peabody man who was on parole after serving 18 years in prison for murder was ordered held on $300,000 cash bail on charges he raped a Haverhill woman and intimidated a witness.

At a hearing in Haverhill District Court yesterday, Judge Patricia Dowling also ordered Charles "Chuckie" Doucette Jr., 48, to be detained at the request of the state Parole Board. He must appear in court Aug. 18 for a probable cause hearing.

Doucette had served 18 years of the life sentence he was given for the 1987 execution-style shooting death of Raymond Bufalino, 30, of Salem. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1991, which made him eligible for parole in 2006, over the objection of Essex County prosecutors, who called him a "career criminal."

Eighteen months after his release, Doucette was arrested and charged with raping a 49-year-old Haverhill woman in her apartment. Now his parole is in question because of the new charges. He could be returned to prison to continue serving his life sentence.

According to a Haverhill police report, the woman called police on July 19 to say Doucette had raped her five days earlier on July 14. The woman said she knew Doucette because he was dating her former roommate and that the couple lived together at 35 Lynn St. in Peabody.

She said Doucette, who had been working as a truck driver, called her on the 14th and said he was in the Haverhill area and needed to talk to her about his relationship, adding that he thought his girlfriend was cheating on him and that he might just go home and punch her or "might even kill her," according to the police report.

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