Rape suspect accused of posing as officer set free; prosecutors can't unlock cell phone


BROCKTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A Boston man accused of rape is now free after prosecutors were unable to extract potential evidence from his cell phone, the Brockton Enterprise reports.

Kheron Thierry Bethel, 23, of Dorchester, was being held on $100,000 cash bail. He was arrested on Jan. 14 after reportedly taking the victim to a dead-end street in Brockton and raping her. Police said he told the victim he was a state police officer.

Police say he warned the victim that if she told anyone about the attack, he would "come back for her." Bethel is charged with rape and kidnapping.

At his arraignment, Bethel told the judge he had evidence that could exonerate him on his cell phone. The judge told prosecutors to examine the phone while a follow-up hearing was scheduled for Jan. 18, the Enterprise reported.

The phone was password protected, preventing prosecutors from examining it, the newspaper reported.

Bethel was released on personal recognizance on Jan. 18 with the conditions that he have no contact with the victim, observe a 10 p.m. curfew and he stay out of Brockton except for court dates.

Bethel is due back in court on April 16.


Rapist told victim he was a state trooper, police say