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March 15, 2014

Serial rapist held in attack

Suspect reconnected with former schoolmate on dating website


He was convicted again in 1991 on two rape counts, and in 1994 on two more rape counts.

Court records show he has served prison time, including a four-year term. As a subsequent offender, he now faces life in prison if convicted.

In addition, Peabody District Court Judge James Barretto noted, there were prior allegations that were dropped and dismissed. He cited this as among his reasons for setting high bail.

If Papamechail makes bail, he will be required to wear a GPS bracelet that tracks his whereabouts.

Papamechail also has been the subject of prior restraining orders, the judge noted.

According to a Salem News report on the implementation of the state’s sex offender registry law, Papamechail was initially classified as a Level 3 offender back in 1997. Level 3 offenders are considered most likely to offend again.

It is not clear when he was reclassified as a Level 2 offender.

The law was recently changed in Massachusetts to provide for the public release of names and photos of Level 2 sex offenders, but the change in the law did not include offenders classified before July 2013.

Ethan Forman contributed to this report.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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