Rape, kidnapping defendant released on bail

The defendant in a Tisbury rape and kidnapping case posted 20,000 bail Thursday and was released. - Rich Saltzberg

Updated Sept. 30

A man accused of kidnapping and raping a teenager in Vineyard Haven has been released on bail. Chad Atkinson, 33, pleaded not guilty to the two felony charges in Edgartown District Court on Monday. The charges were brought by Tisbury Police. Judge Benjamin Barnes set Atkinson’s bail at $20,000 cash, $200,000 surety, with GPS monitoring and other requirements if released. 

Atkinson was released Thursday on $20,000 bail, according to Edgartown District Court Clerk Magistrate Liza Williamson. In addition to GPS monitoring, Williamson noted the defendant was subject to a stay away/no contact order. 

Atkinson is slated to be in court for a probable cause hearing on Oct. 21.

Updated to correct the defendant’s age.


  1. Of course , he is only accused of these crimes, so he is entitled to bail.
    Any republicans have a problem with that ?

    So let me resort to whataboutism, and ask if Brian Langerham is still in jail ?
    He doesn’t own a gun, but he mentioned something about targeting “pigs”.
    Pigs are also referred to as “hogs”
    Let me share a video of Marjorie Taylor Green (R) U.S Rep. of Georgia’s fourth district) hog hunting from a helicopter.
    I wonder if any republicans will have a problem with this one ?
    Why is Brian in jail, and she is not ? Excuse me for the whataboutism, again.


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