Sigh facing new rape, assault charges
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.