Updated June 30
The Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute a Dorchester man on two rape charges stemming from an incident alleged to have occured aboard a Steamship Authority ferry June 7.
Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Jessica Croker filed a motion of nolle prosequi for the charges against Bruno Sanches De Jesus, 20. The motion is dated June 24. Nolle prosequi is Latin, and is defined as the “formal notice of abandonment by a plaintiff or prosecutor of all or part of a suit or action.”
Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe told The Times the decision came “after a consultation with the victim and her family.”
Based on court records, De Jesus doesn’t have an attorney of record, according to an official from Falmouth District Court.
De Jesus pleaded not guilty to the charges on June 8. DeJesus was stopped by State Police after exiting the ferry. Edgartown Police Lt. Chris Dolby, who was on the ferry at the time, was approached by someone about the alleged incident, and snapped a photo of the vehicle, which assisted police with finding it.
De Jesus had been held on $25,000 cash bail, and a probable cause hearing had been scheduled for June 29. De Jesus was released, according to a Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office official.
De Jesus could not be immediately reached for comment.
Updated with the release status of De Jesus.