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Justin Garber (L) and Steven Roderick (R)  were charged with home invasion and rape.

Barnstable police

BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A woman was raped and another woman and man violently beaten with baseball bats during a home invasion in Barnstable early Friday morning, police said.

Justin Garber, 20, of Hyannis, and Steven Roderick, 34, of Hyannis, are accused of breaking into the home through a locked basement door.

The two women and the man at the home were immediately attacked by Garber and Roderick who demanded money, Barnstable police said. One of the women was then sexually assaulted.

The man who owned the home managed to escape and run to a neighbor’s house for help, police said.

(NewsCenter 5 is withholding the address of the home, so as to not identify the victims.)

Roderick and Garber, who were found a short distance from the home, were each charged with three counts of armed home invasion and one count of aggravated rape.

Roderick was held on $200,000 bail and Garber was held on $100,000 bail at their arraignment Friday in Barnstable District Court.

Rajat Sharda charged, placed on administrative leave

WORCESTER, Mass. — A Worcester police officer has been charged with aggravated rape, the department said Tuesday.

According to court records, in August 2013 Officer Rajat Sharda allegedly asked a woman what she would do to avoid being arrested, the reported.

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The woman filed a formal complaint with police at the time and an investigation had been ongoing since then, the department said.

The woman told investigators that the officer exposed himself to her and raped her digitally, according to court records cited by Telegram. com, and threatened her to keep her quiet.

The woman told police that Sharda said she “better not talk about this and if she did, he would find her, her children and her family,” according to the records.

Sharda, who had been on restricted duty during the investigation, was charged with aggravated rape, open and gross lewdness and intimidation of a witness.

His attorney called the charges “outrageous.”

Sharda was placed on administrative leave and released on $7,540 cash bail.


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