For Immediate Release - March 30, 2012

Salem Man Found Guilty of Rape

Rafael Nina Brito, 22, was found guilty today by an Essex County Jury in Salem Superior Court.  Judge John Lu will sentence Nina Brito on April 11, 2012.

Essex Assitant District Attorney Greg Friedholm proved that on February 15, 2008, Nina Brito, along with 3 others, offered a 17 year-old Salem girl a ride home from a basketball game.  Instead he took her to his mother’s apartment in Lynn where he raped her.

Two of the other men, Luis Arias, 22 and Justin Louf, 21, both of Salem, pleaded guilty to aggravated rape on March 22 in Salem Superior Court. 

Jury selection for the trial was stalled as a result of a juror, Jonathan Ngarambe, 23, 10 First Street, Salem, who allegedly lied to Judge Lu about knowing one of the defendants.  Ngarambe was arraigned in Salem District Court on witness intimidation charges on March 21, 2012. (The witness intimidation statute – MGL Chapter 268, section 13B/A – covers misleading or lying to a judge.)  He is scheduled to appear in court again on April 17, 2012.

Nina Brito was represented by Attorney William Martin.  A fourth co-defendant, Harold Baltodano, 22, of Lynn is scheduled for trial assignment in early April.  He is presumed innocent of the charges until proven guilty in a court of law.