• Homeless man sentenced for Lynn train station rape


    SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A homeless man has been sentenced to up to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping a teenage girl in an elevator at the Lynn commuter rail station three years ago.

    Joseph Sarcione pleaded guilty in Salem Superior Court on Monday to two counts of rape, one count of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, and two counts of assault and battery.

    Prosecutors say the 26-year-old Sarcione pushed the 16-year-old girl into the elevator in June 2010, choked her and raped her. The Daily Item (http://bit.ly/10m4Jd1) reports that two men rushed to help her when the elevator doors opened and Sarcione escaped. He was arrested in Lowell three days later.

    The MBTA later added $160,000 worth of security upgrades at the station.

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