Medford Man Charged With Rape

The Medford Transcript reports that a Medford man facing charges of child rape is still behind bars, despite having been granted $10,000 bail with certain conditions by the Somerville District Court.

Shawn Ziegler, 25, of 19 Shapley Ave., Medford, was arrested on Jan. 23 and charged with two counts of forcible rape of a child, aggravated by age difference, and two counts of statutory child rape.

Ziegler is facing a maximum penalty of life in prison and a minimum of 10 years in prison for the aggravated rape charges, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office.

Medford police would not reveal the age of the alleged victim, but confirmed the victim was a young female child who was known to the defendant.

Medford Police Capt. Kevin Faller said the arrest was made based on incidents believed to have occurred over the last six to eight months.

On Jan. 24, Ziegler was ordered held on $10,000 bail under the condition that he wear a GPS monitoring device, stay away from the victim, have no unsupervised contact with children under 16 years old, surrender his passport and not leave the commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Ziegler has not yet posted bail and is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Middleton, Mass., according to the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department.

Zielger is next scheduled to appear in Somerville District Court on Thursday, Feb. 28, for a probable cause hearing.

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