For Immediate Release - May 06, 2013

Man Pleads Guilty in 2010 Rape at Lynn MBTA Commuter Station

A 26 year-old homeless man pleaded guilty today in Salem Superior Court to charges in connection with a 2010 rape in an elevator at an MBTA Commuter Rail Station in Lynn. 

Joseph Sarcione pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, one count of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14; and two counts of assault and battery. 

Judge John Lu sentenced Sarcione to 15 to 18 years in state prison followed by 10 years of probation.  While on probation he will be subject to GPS monitoring and will be required to register as a sex offender.   

Had the case gone to trial, Essex Assistant District Attorney Kristen Buxton would have proven that on June 6, 2010, Sarcione attacked a 16-year-old girl in the elevator at the MBTA Lynn Commuter Rail Station.  While the victim was waiting for a train, he pushed her into the elevator, choked her and then raped her.  When the elevator doors opened, two men rushed to her aid and Sarcione escaped.  He was arrested 3 days later by Lowell Police after attempting to abduct another female.

“The resolution of this case is a direct result of the collaborative hard work of ADA Buxton, the MBTA Transit Police and the Lynn Police Department,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. “Rape is an unspeakable violation physically and emotionally.  It takes tremendous courage for a victim not only to report the crime but also to be prepared to go to trial.  There is no doubt this played a role in the successful resolution of this case.”

ADA Buxton commended the work of the MBTA Transit Police, particularly Detective Andrea Purcell, and the Lynn Police Department for their work on the investigation.