For Immediate Release - August 07, 2012

Lynn Man Pleads Guilty To Aggravated Rape

Harold Baltodano, 22, of Lynn, pleaded guilty today in Salem Superior Court to a charge of aggravated rape, and was sentenced to 4 - 4½ years in state prison by Judge John Lu.  A charge of witness intimidation was nol prossed as a result of the plea agreement. 

Baltodano admitted to taking part in a February, 2008, aggravated rape of a Salem High School classmate in a Lynn apartment.  Three other men were charged in addition to Baltodano.

Justin Louf, 21, and Luis Arias, 23, both of Salem, pleaded guilty to aggravated rape earlier this year.  Louf was sentenced 3 ¾ to 4 ¼ years in state prison, while Arias was sentenced to 4 – 4 ½ years in state prison.

The final co-defendant, Rafael Nina-Brito, 22, of Salem, was convicted of rape after a jury trial in Salem Superior Court in March of this year.  He was sentenced to 6 ½ – 8 years in state prison.

Baltodano will have to register as a sex offender upon his release from state prison.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Greg Friedholm told the court that this plea best serves the interests of the victim by sparing her from having to testify at trial again.  He also noted that Baltodano’s sentence is consistent with the sentences imposed on the co-defendants who pleaded guilty. 

Prosecutor Friedholm lauded the work of Detective Christine Petruziello of the Lynn Police Department, and Victim/Witness Advocate Jennifer Anderson of the Essex District Attorney’s Office.

Baltodano was represented by Attorney Gary Zerola.