Newmarket man charged with raping Mass. prostitutes wants charges dropped

Article published Apr 9, 2009

NEWMARKET — A local man linked to multiple attacks and rapes of prostitutes in Massachusetts wants a judge to drop the charges.

Brian Knippers claims in a motion to dismiss that information presented to a grand jury last year in the case was “misleading and insufficient.”

His attorney, Joseph Krowski Sr., said in the motion filed in Brockton Superior Court that a grand jury indicted Knippers based on the testimony of one investigator and without hearing from the alleged victims.

A hearing on the request to dismiss is scheduled for April 21.

Knippers is accused of raping five prostitutes in Massachusetts, four in Brockton and one in New Bedford. He has been held without bail since his June arrest.

Prosecutors say DNA evidence links Knippers to the attacks.

In August, Knippers was indicted on 11 counts of aggravated rape, four counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault and battery and four counts of threats to commit a crime.

All the women attacked told police the man drove a pickup truck, was white, with blond or light brown hair, and appeared to be in his 30s. In all of the cases, the women were bound and raped and in at least one attack, the woman was hit in the head with a baseball bat before she was tied up, according to The Brockton Enterprise.

Knippers’ initial arrest was made after one of the rape victims called police in April to say she just saw the man who attacked her and was able to get his license plate number. Hours later, a New Bedford prostitute reported she had been beaten and raped by a man in a pickup truck, authorities said.

Since his arrest in June, Knippers has twice been found by a judge to be too dangerous to have bail set.

After Knippers’ arrest on charges in the Bay State, New Hampshire State Police authorities conducted their own investigation into him because of the seriousness of his alleged crimes.

That investigation yielded no indication Knippers had committed similar crimes locally and other than a few traffic violations, Knippers has no criminal record in the Granite State, according to state police.

Knippers worked as an application specialist at a Massachusetts computer software company. He lived at Fieldstone Estates in Newmarket with his girlfriend and was described by neighbors as an “All-American guy” who was active in the condo association.

Krowski did not return a call Wednesday afternoon seeking comment about the motion to dismiss.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Link to original on Foster’s Daily Democrat

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