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Cops: Level 3 sex offender rapes Arlington woman

A Level 3 sex offender broke into an Arlington woman's home Sunday night and attacked and raped her before officers were able to arrest him, police said.

boston arlington rape essie billingslea Essie Billingslea allegedly attacked and raped an Arlington woman, police said.
Credit: Sex Offender Registry Board

A Level 3 sex offender allegedly broke into the home of an Arlington woman and attacked and raped her last night, police said.

Essie Billingslea, 45, of Boston, faces multiple charges including aggravated rape, home invasion and assault and battery, according to Arlington police.

Police were called to the woman's home for a well-being check at about 8:15 p.m. When they arrived, officers saw a man fleeing out a back door. The officers chased the man, who they later learned was Billingslea, and arrested him.

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Inside the home, officers found the woman suffering from serious injuries. She told police that Billingslea broke into her home, beat her and then raped her at knifepoint, police said.

"This is a heinous crime. A woman has been viciously attacked in her home by a Level 3 sex offender with a history of violence," Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said in a statement. "I commend my officers for capturing this dangerous felon, and we will spare no resource in providing the victim with the support and care that she needs."

Billingslea was convicted of several offenses, according to his listing on the state's Sex Offender Registry Board. He was convicted in 1989 of rape of a child with force and in 1995 of rape and abuse of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

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