Daniel L. Fontes – Repeat Sex Offender Raped teen in cemetery

A registered sex offender charged with raping a city teen in a North End cemetery was arraigned Tuesday in New Bedford Superior Court.

Daniel L. Fontes, 44, of Fall River, was ordered held without bail. He has been incarcerated since his arrest May 28.

According to police, he kidnapped a city teen at knifepoint and sexually assaulted him in the Sacred Heart Cemetery on May 14.

Mr. Fontes is a Level 2 sex offender with a lengthy criminal record that includes multiple convictions for open and gross lewdness.

In 2002, he was sentenced to serve two years in jail for open and gross lewdness in Fall River.

Nine days before the alleged sexual assault in the cemetery, Mr. Fontes was reportedly seen by three young boys in the playground of the Carlos Pacheco Elementary School on Mount Pleasant Street, police said.

The boys said a man wearing dark clothing and a ski mask approached them. They left the playground, and as they walked away, the suspect emerged in front of them. He had his pants down and tried calling the boys over, police reported.

Mr. Fontes is charged with rape, indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and threatening to commit a crime.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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