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Man charged with rape along Charles River last night; no apparent connection to earlier attacks

A Cambridge man is charged with raping an acquaintance who walked with him across the river to watch the fireworks, then rebuffed his amorous advances, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Joseph Lee "Vocals" Brown, 22, was ordered held without bail on an earlier charge at his arraignment today for the alleged rape near the Weeks Footbridge, the DA's office says, adding bail for the new charge was set at $50,000.

According to prosecutors, Brown and his victim, a 19-year-old woman from Brighton, met in Harvard Square, then walked across the Weeks Footbridge over to Soldiers Field Road to watch the fireworks:

During the course of the evening, the victim told investigators, Brown made repeated advances toward her, which she said she turned down. While on the Boston side of the river, Brown allegedly pushed her to the ground and raped her. The victim left the scene on foot, calling a friend who in turn called 911, and later admitted herself to Cambridge Hospital for a rape kit and treatment of a minor head injury she sustained during the attack.

The DA's office adds they don't think Brown had anything to do with still unsolved 2007 and 2009 attacks along the Esplanade in part because of his age - the earlier attackers described an older man - in part because of the nature of his alleged attack. The man wanted for the earlier attacks tended to run away when his intended victims, all strangers to him, screamed.

Weeks was already facing charges of assault and larceny out of Brighton for an unrelated incident, the DA's office says.

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Send him to jail or he can live among us...but without his testicles.

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Rape is a crime of power and control, not of sex. Its been tried. It didn't work.

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You really should have been born one thousand years earlier. I wonder if "trivia night" existed in the beer halls back then.

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Um, you're not me so knock it off.

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And that's why you should spend the whole three seconds it takes to log in with a registered account.

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When you educate a man in mind and not morals you educate a menace to society.\" President Theodore Roosevelt

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at any of the nearby colleges? His nickname suggests he might be a music student.

(Also, "Weeks" isn't the one who's facing charges. He's just the guy the bridge was named after.)

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Unless it's your street/gang name.

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to practice expanding his vocal range in the can. He should be a perfect falsetto by the time he gets out.

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Fucking loser.

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