New Jersey attorney, Matthew Nilo, 35, was arrested at his home in Weehawken on Tuesday
FBI accused him of being responsible for a string of sexual assaults and kidnappings in Boston between 2007 and 2008
He was connect to the crimes that happened in his undergraduate student days by investigators crimes using genetic genealogy
He is charged with three counts aggravated rape, two counts kidnapping, one count assault with intent to rape, and one count indecent assault and battery
Four victims have been waiting more than 15 years to find out the identity of their alleged assailant as crimes span from August 2007 until December 2008, FBI said
Nilo has reportedly been suspended by his employer Cowbell in light of the investigation
Alleged serial rapist Matthew Nilo, [photo], was arrested Tuesday at his home in Weehawken, NJ, 15 years after the crimes. He has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated rape, kidnapping, and assault with intent to rape, indecent assault and battery
A New Jersey attorney has been arrested on suspicion of a string of sexual assaults and kidnappings in Boston in the over a decade back, after investigators using genetic genealogy, connected him to the crimes 15 years later.
Matthew Nilo, 35, was arrested without incident on Tuesday at his Weehawken home in New Jersey over alleged string of sexual attacks in the Terminal Street area of Charlestown between 2007 and 2008.
The cyber attorney is charged with aggravated rape, two counts of kidnapping, one count of assault with intent to rape, and one count of indecent assault and battery.
The alleged assaults happened while the suspect was an undergraduate student on The alleged assaults occurred on August 18, 2007, November 22, 2007, August 5, 2008, and December 23, 2008, in the Terminal Street area of Charlestown. For high school, Nilo had graduated from Boston Latin School in 2006.
Nilo who works as a cyber attorney with the cyber insurance company, Cowbell, was detained by members of the Boston Police Department, FBI Boston, FBI Newark, and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.
He will be extradited to Massachusetts in the coming days to face the charges.
FBI Boston special agent Joseph Bonavolonta said investigators used forensic genealogy to track him down.
His DNA has been linked to four cases spanning August 18, 2007 to December 23, 2008.
Special agent Bonavolonta speaking at a press conference said the four victims have been ‘waiting years’ to learn the identity of their alleged assailant.
‘We certainly realize that identifying this individual does not ease their pain – nothing can – but hopefully it answers some questions,’ Bonavolonta said.
‘Today’s arrest is the direct result of the FBI’s use of investigative genetic genealogy, a unique method used to generate new leads in unsolved sex assaults.’
Genetic genealogy is the practice of using a public database of DNA to link suspects to genetic material left behind at the scene of a crime.
FBI Boston special agent Joseph Bonavolonta, [photo], at today’s press conference revealed that investigators employed forensic genealogy to link Nilo to the crimes dating back to 2007 and 2008
The accused rapist Mathew Nilo is originally from the Boston area and he was a law student at the time of the alleged attacks.
Investigators who revealed that Nilo has also lived in Wisconsin, California and New York encouraged anyone who thinks they could have been a victim, or who has information on any of the cases, to contact Boston Police or the FBI.
Meanwhile Nilo’s employer, Cowbell, has suspended him while the investigation develops.
Regarding his employment, the insurance company said: ‘Matthew Nilo was an employee of Cowbell and was hired in January, 2023 after passing our background check.
‘Mr Nilo’s employment at Cowbell has been suspended pending further investigation.
“All four cases are DNA connected,”Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox [photosaid at the press conference
According to Nilo’s Linkedin profile, before he started at Cowbell he was an associate at Atheria Law in New York for three years, after working for Clyde & Co in San Francisco, California for more than five years.
He studied for a doctorate at the University of San Francisco School of Law from 2012 until 2015, after graduating with a Psychology degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010.
Nilo was studying at the latter college when the alleged crimes took place.