DEDHAM - The brother in law of former Gov. Deval Patrick has been indicted on charges of kidnapping, rape and assault and battery out of Milton.
Bernard Sigh, a 65-year-old Milton man who was once at the center of a controversy over the state’s sex-offender assignment system, had been arrested on related charges this past December after a woman told police Sigh had dragged her into their shared apartment and refused to let her leave until she had sex with him.
Sigh's indictment Wednesday moves his case from district court to superior court, where more serious cases are prosecuted and defendants face longer sentences if convicted.
Sigh was eventually released on bail after his arraignment in district court, but the bail was revoked after Judge Daniel Dilorati found he had violated a provision barring him from contacting the woman he is accused of kidnapping.
Prosecutors at the arraignment accused Sigh of hiding in the apartment when the woman thought he wasn’t there and dragging her back inside after she ran out. Police said Sigh threatened the women, took her cell phone and told her they would be having sex.
Sigh’s defense attorney lawyer, Christie O'Rourke, disputed prosecutors' account of the night, saying Sigh had only startled the woman he walked out of the shower and had chased her down to let her know it was him and not an intruder. She also noted that the woman did not leave the apartment after Sigh left her alone with her keys and phone.
Sigh last made headlines in 2014 after then-Gov. Patrick fired the head of the state's Sex Offender Registry Board in part because years earlier she had pressured a hearing officer to reverse his decision about whether Sigh should be required to register for a 1993 conviction for spousal rape in California. Patrick said the handling of his brother-in-law's case was only one of the reasons he had lost confidence in leadership of the board, which is responsible for registering and classifying sex offenders.