Judge grants $25,000 cash bail for Wayne Chapman

WOBURN, Mass. — Admitted child rapist Wayne Chapman was back in court Wednesday on lewd behavior charges, where he was granted a $25,000 cash bail.

Two weeks ago, a Middlesex County grand jury indicted Chapman on new charges for two alleged incidents in prison where prosecutors said he exposed and touched himself in front of prison medical staff in June.

On Monday, Chapman was set to be arraigned on those new charges, but the arraignment was postponed.  A judge ruled that Chapman would not be granted a dangerousness hearing.

In court on Wednesday, Judge Lawrence Pierce sided with the District Attorney, setting a high cash bail for the serial rapist. If Chapman posts bail, he is restrained from having any contact with his prior victims or children and will not be able to use the internet.

However, his defense attorney said Chapman has no means of income to post bail, which means he will likely stay behind bars.

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Chapman, who was convicted of raping two boys and admitted to sexually assaulting over 100, has been in prison since the 1970s.

He was set to be released thanks to two qualified experts who recently determined he is no longer "sexually dangerous" but opponents have been fighting to keep him in custody.

Chapman has been indicted on charges of open and gross lewdness and lewd, wanton and lascivious acts in connection with incidents alleged to have happened June 3 and 4 at MCI Shirley.

Staff says he exposed his genitals on one occasion and was allegedly observed masturbating on another occasion in full view of Department of Correction employees and nursing staff.

"Of the gravest concern of the Commonwealth is the fact that this defendant, even while in the confines of a structured and locked facility - while committed as a sexually dangerous person - continues to engage in criminally based sexual activity due to his unwillingness to control his sexual impulses," said prosecutor Emily Jackson.

At the hearing, the prosecutor said the DA believes Chapman is still a dangerous man.

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