A lawyer listed in 2001 as one of People magazine's most eligible bachelors was acquitted Friday in Cambridge, Mass., of charges he tried to rape a 19-year-old woman, but he still faces allegations from two other women.
Prosecutors alleged that Gary Zerola attacked the woman after charming her with gifts and alcohol. His attorney called the woman a party girl and habitual liar who made up a violent scenario.
A jury in Middlesex County took less than a day to find Zerola, a former prosecutor, not guilty of assault with attempt to rape, kidnapping, indecent assault and battery and other charges. Prosecutor Gerry Leone said Zerola still faces a separate trial in Cambridge in the 2004 rape of another 19-year-old woman.