Photo by Omar Bradley
Anthony Flye is arraigned in Fall River District Court. Photo by Omar Bradley
By Jay Pateakos
Herald News Staff Reporter
Fri Feb 15, 2008, 09:12 PM EST
Fall River - A 38-year-old Swansea man was held on $500,000 bail late Friday on numerous counts of rape, incest and indecent assault and battery dating back nearly six years.
Anthony Flye, 18 Rowley St., who also has a known residence at 9 Brinda Lane, Nantucket, was arrested by Massachusetts State Police and Nantucket Police Thursday night outside his home on a warrant obtained by the Swansea Police Department.
Flye was charged with rape, rape of a child under 16 with force, incest, indecent assault and battery, indecent assault and battery on a disabled person over the age of 60 with injury, and indecent exposure.
According to police, an investigation began about three weeks ago after they received word from a third party regarding Flye's alleged activities, which involved a minor and an adult.
"We can't really investigate anything until a victim comes forward," said Swansea's investigating Officer Peter Robidoux, who was assisted by Swansea patrolman Joseph Martin, both of the Sex Crime Unit, and Bristol County's Sex Crime Unit Officer Thomas Carroll.
A week later, two victims came forward with allegations against Flye. One of the victims was 13 at the time the crimes began while the other was over the age of 60.
Police said incidents took place in East Providence, R.I., Nantucket and Swansea.
After being held overnight in Nantucket, Flye was transported to Fall River District Court Friday afternoon.
During the proceeding, Judge Robert Welch said Flye did not qualify for a court-appointed lawyer and must seek out his own attorney.
Assistant District Attorney Sylvia Rudman said Flye, who operates under six to seven aliases, has a lengthy record under at least two of the names - including numerous crimes in Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts - that date from his juvenile years to 2006.
"He (was) known to have left the commonwealth after committing these crimes," Rudman told the judge.
Flye was held on $500,000 cash bail with an order to stay away from both victims, directly or indirectly.
Flye's next hearing was scheduled for Feb. 29.