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March 15, 2014

Serial rapist held in attack

Suspect reconnected with former schoolmate on dating website

PEABODY — When she encountered Mark Papamechail, 52, on the dating website Plenty of Fish, the woman thought she was reconnecting with an old acquaintance from junior high school.

Over the next two months, the two reminisced, caught up online and eventually planned a lunch date.

What Papamechail, of 4 Stevens St., Peabody, never told her was that he is a convicted serial rapist and registered Level 2 sex offender.

Now Papamechail is being held on $125,000 cash bail, charged with two counts of aggravated rape and a charge of rape, subsequent offense, after he allegedly sexually assaulted the woman in his Peabody apartment last week. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday in Peabody District Court.

The incident occurred on the afternoon of March 5, police said.

The woman told police she went to meet Papamechail at a downtown Peabody restaurant. During that lunch, he told her that he wanted to date her, and he invited her to his apartment to watch a movie.

Because the two had so many mutual acquaintances and she knew members of his family, she agreed, she told police.

But once inside Papamechail’s apartment, which, she recalled, had a purple door, he grabbed her by the hair and threw her onto a bed.

The woman recalled that he referred to “the king-sized bed for the king,” and as the muscular, 6-foot-2, 265-pound Papamechail held her down and sexually assaulted her, he repeatedly told her, “You know you want it,” she told police.

Afterward, Papamechail asked if he could see her again, the woman told police.

The woman has since obtained a restraining order against him.

The woman told police that she recalled Papamechail telling her that he had also used the dating website Match but had been kicked off. She did not know why.

It turns out that Papamechail has a long record of sexual assault charges and convictions, starting with a 1985 case in which he was convicted of indecent assault and battery on a child in Haverhill. In 1987, he was charged with and later convicted of raping a female acquaintance in his apartment, according to court records and an account of his cases in The Salem News in 1997.

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