By Alice C. Elwell
A Middleboro pizzeria owner faces life imprisonment and is being held on a half-million dollars bail. Maher Poles, 41, of 10 Jimmy Circle, North Attleboro, is accused of raping two people in his restaurant the North End Pizzeria, which is across from the State Police barracks on Route 28.
Middleboro Det. Robert W. Lake charged Poles with 2-counts of rape, 2-counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and 2-counts of assault and battery.
Police Chief Bruce D. Gates did not release any further information because records for rape cases are sealed.
According to the North Attleboro Business Register, Poles is th e owner of Sandking Property Service, but no further details were available. Poles lives in North Easton with Adriana T. Rosales, who was listed as the owner of the pizzeria, but the Middleboro town clerk’s office said the license was withdrawn.
The rape charges come on the heels of indecent assault and battery charges that Polis is facing in Taunton District Court connection to an incident in Easton that was filed last September.
Rape charges are under the jurisdiction of Superior Court and Poles must be indicted for the case to go forward. Assistant Plymouth County District Attorney Russell Eonas said if convicted Poles faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Regardless of the outcome, Shawn A. Neudauer, spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, said the federal government will not have a role in Poles’ case.