Child Rapist Closer to Freedom
The state’s Supreme Judicial Court has ruled serial child rapist Wayne Chapman can’t be locked up indefinitely — though he won’t be free yet.
The 71-year-old Chapman — a notorious predator who’s admitted to raping up to 100 boys — can no longer be held as a “sexually dangerous” person, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday.
“We affirm the Superior Court judge’s order allowing Wayne Chapman’s petition for release from civil commitment because neither of two qualified examiners found him presently to be sexually dangerous,’” wrote the SJC in one case.
Between 1967 and 1976, Chapman was arrested and convicted multiple times for assaulting and raping boys in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Chapman has long been a suspect in the 1976 disappearance of Angelo “Andy” Puglisi, 10, of Lawrence.