During his first court appearance, a New Jersey suspect in a series sexual assaults that occurred in Boston about 15 years earlier agreed to waive the extradition to Massachusetts.
Matthew J. Nilo (35), a lawyer from Weehawken, was arrested on Tuesday and appeared briefly in the state Superior Court of Jersey City, Thursday. Jeff Garrigan told WABC-TV that Nilo will plead not-guilty and fight charges.
Nilo has been charged with three counts aggravated assault, two counts kidnapping, and one count of assault with an attempt to rape. He is also accused of indecent assault with battery and assault with indecent gestures. These charges are in relation to the assaults that occurred in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood between 2007 and 2008. Authorities have confirmed that Nilo was living in Boston when the assaults took place.
When Nilo will be brought back in Massachusetts, or when his next hearing will be held, was not immediately known.
Authorities have confirmed that Nilo’s identity as a suspect was determined by forensic genetic genealogy. This combines DNA analyses with publicly available genealogy research and historic records.