LYNN, Mass. - A mail carrier in Lynn is being charged with sexually assaulting a woman on his route.
The woman, a single mother of two, says she never suspected anything because the mail carrier had always gone out of his way to be especially friendly, which is why she allowed him into her home.
The woman, whose voice has been distorted and name is being kept anonymous to protect her identity, told Boston 25 News the mail carrier asked her if he could use her bathroom. Now, she says she believes it was all a set up for the assault.
“I was frozen, absolutely frozen," said the victim. "He was nice, we had conversations when he would be dropping off the mail, nothing out of the ordinary, [asking], 'How are your kids doing?'"
According to the victim, the mailman, Gregory Gillette, has always made an effort to be especially accommodating from the moment she moved into her apartment on Hanover Street in Lynn nearly a year ago.
A month ago, she says he requested to become friends with her on Facebook. She's now convinced it was all part of a bigger plan set up to let her guard down and attack her when she least expected.
“His hands were all over me, I kept taking them off and telling him 'no' and that I didn’t want that," said the victim. "It went back and forth for a good 20 minutes, [and then ] he tried to drag me into the bedroom."
A police report says Gillette was on his route working out of the USPS location on Willow Street when the alleged sexual assault took place.
According to authorities, the assault happened on Aug. 22 and the suspect was arraigned the next day and held without bail.
On Aug. 24, bail was set at $5,000 during a detention hearing. The clerk's office says the suspect posted bail on Aug. 28 and was released with a GPS monitoring device.
“He did say to me over and over, 'You’re not going to tell anybody, you’re not going to tell anybody,'" said the victim.
The victim says Gillette continued to demand she do that even after the assault, via Facebook messenger. According to the police report, he told her:
Gillette told her "[Sorry for making] her feel like that," to which the victim replied, "No means no." Gillette then said to her, "That's why I stopped."
Police in Lynn arrested Gillette while he was delivering mail, where the Post Master used a GPS tracker to lead officers to his exact location.
The 30-year-old has been arraigned on charges of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over and open and gross lewdness.
Gillette is due back in court on Sept. 27 in connection to the case.
Boston 25 News has reached out to the USPS Office of the Inspector General to see when Gillette was hired and if he is still employed, but have not heard back.
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