Sigh fac­ing new rape, as­sault charges

Boston Herald - - OPINION - By MATT STOUT

A grand jury has in­dicted Bernard Sigh on a fresh slate of charges, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple counts of rape, in con­nec­tion with the on­go­ing sex­ual as­sault case that’s re-dredged his decades-old crim­i­nal his­tory.

Sigh, the brother-in-law of for­mer Gov. De­val Pa­trick, is now fac­ing two counts of rape, three counts of as­sault and bat­tery, and a count each of kid­nap­ping and wit­ness in­tim­i­da­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Nor­folk Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s of­fice.

He’ll even­tu­ally ap­pear in Nor­folk Su­pe­rior Court, but prose­cu­tors said yes­ter­day an ar­raign­ment date had not been sched­uled.

Sigh, 65, is be­ing held with­out bail after a Quincy Dis­trict Court judge this month re­voked his bail in con­nec­tion with his orig­i­nal case, in which po­lice say he as­saulted his es­tranged wife dur­ing an hours­long episode at her Mil­ton apart­ment.

Prose­cu­tors have de­scribed it as a “planned, pre­pared at­tack.” He was ini­tially re­leased with GPS mon­i­tor­ing, but he was jailed ear­lier this month after po­lice said he vi­o­lated a re­strain­ing or­der in the case after email­ing his es­tranged wife.

The case has thrown a spot­light back on Sigh’s his­tory — he was con­victed in 1993 in Cal­i­for­nia of rap­ing his wife, Pa­trick’s sis­ter — and its ties to Pa­trick, who was ac­cused of re­tal­i­at­ing against state em­ploy­ees who later sought to have Sigh reg­is­ter as a sex of­fender.

The al­leged Dec. 9 at­tack was “very sim­i­lar,” po­lice said, to the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Sigh’s 1993 spousal rape con­vic­tion in Cal­i­for­nia, a long­time source of con­tro­versy that re-emerged in 2014 when Pa­trick fired the head of the Sex Of­fender Registry Board after she pushed to clas­sify Sigh as a sex of­fender.


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