WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Steven Edwards, 36, of Wakefield, was arraigned yesterday in Woburn Superior Court and charged with two counts of rape, assault and battery and two counts of violating a restraining order in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a woman who is known to him. The defendant is a Captain in the Malden Fire Department. The defendant was directly indicted on April 25, 2017 by a Middlesex Superior Court grand jury.
Court Magistrate Matthew Day released the defendant on personal recognizance and ordered the defendant to stay away from, and have no contact with, the victim. The next scheduled hearing in this case is July 10, 2017.
On July 14, 2015, the defendant and the victim engaged in a verbal altercation in a home in Melrose. The defendant then allegedly sexually assaulted the victim against her will. The victim obtained a restraining order against the defendant in July of 2016. On August 31, 2016, the defendant allegedly violated the restraining order when he became abrasive over the phone towards the victim warning her that the restraining order would not be in place permanently. The following day, the defendant allegedly violated the restraining order again after the victim dropped her car off to be serviced at a dealership. The victim was then contacted by the dealership informing her that the defendant had allegedly instructed the dealership to not return the vehicle to the victim.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Carrie Spiros. The Victim Witness Advocate is Danielle DeMeo.