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Bail lowered for law student accused of Nashua sex assault

By DEAN SHALHOUP
Staff Writer

NASHUA - Edward Maselli, the Nashua man charged Oct. 2 with assaulting and raping a woman in his Kinsley Street apartment and then trying to escape police, was scheduled to return to court Thursday after having been released from jail on modified bail.

Nashua district court Judge Paul Moore on Oct. 5 granted attorney Adam Bernstein's "expedited" motion to lower Maselli's $50,000 cash-only bail and amend it to cash or surety, a request based on the fact that Maselli has no criminal record, works full time as a financial analyst at Fidelity Investments in Merrimack, and is in the process of earning degrees in law and business at Suffolk University, according to Bernstein's motion. ...

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NASHUA - Edward Maselli, the Nashua man charged Oct. 2 with assaulting and raping a woman in his Kinsley Street apartment and then trying to escape police, was scheduled to return to court Thursday after having been released from jail on modified bail.

Nashua district court Judge Paul Moore on Oct. 5 granted attorney Adam Bernstein's "expedited" motion to lower Maselli's $50,000 cash-only bail and amend it to cash or surety, a request based on the fact that Maselli has no criminal record, works full time as a financial analyst at Fidelity Investments in Merrimack, and is in the process of earning degrees in law and business at Suffolk University, according to Bernstein's motion.

Bernstein asked for $10,000 cash or surety bail, but Moore set it at $25,000 cash or surety, which Maselli was apparently able to post.

Thursday's hearing is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. in Nashua district court.

Maselli, 25, of 51 Kinsley St., Apt. 2, was arraigned Oct. 3 on one felony count of aggravated felonious sexual assault, along with misdemeanor
charges of resisting detention, resisting arrest and obstructing government administration.

The charges accuse Maselli of attacking and sexually assaulting a 22-year-old Massachusetts woman he met through a social media dating app.

Police said at the time that the woman agreed to meet Maselli at his apartment to watch a football game, but when she arrived shortly before noon on Oct. 2, he "immediately began to kiss her" then led her to a bedroom, where he allegedly pushed her on the bed "quickly and forcefully" and removed her pants and underwear.

The alleged victim told police Maselli penetrated her digitally, causing her pain. When she tried to pull his hands away and asked him to stop, according to police reports, Maselli allegedly forced her to perform a sex act upon him.

The woman told police that when she eventually got away, she called a friend - then, at the urging of family members, went to a Lowell, Mass., hospital, where Nashua police later interviewed her.

Later, when officers went to Maselli's apartment to question him, he allegedly wouldn't let them in, according to police.

Concerned that Maselli might be trying to destroy evidence, police located the landlord, got a key to the apartment and entered.

Maselli allegedly walked away and resisted officers' attempts to arrest him, but they eventually took him into custody.

Other points Bernstein raised in his motion to lower Maselli's bail included the fact that Maselli has a "secure residence" in Nashua; that he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University; that his parents, who live in Boston, "are in full support of their son"; that he "does not present a danger to the community" or is a flight risk; and that he "denies all pending allegations" against him.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.