Mashpee firefighter pleads not guilty to rape charges; attorney calls allegations ‘groundless’

A veteran Mashpee firefighter today pleaded not guilty to rape and indecent assault and battery charges in Falmouth District Court, allegations his attorney dismissed as “groundless.’’

Stephen P. Bold was arrested Wednesday by police, said Mashpee Police Chief Rodney Collins.

“This investigation was initiated based upon credible information brought forward to us on Monday of this week,’’ he said in a telephone interview.

Collins declined to provide specifics about the allegations, but did say Bold is accused of sexually assaulting a female who was not a member of his family.

Collins also said the allegations are based on Bold’s personal life, not his public safety position. “There is no allegation that any of these incidents occurred while he was on duty,’’ Collins said.

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Bold appeared in Falmouth District Court today where he pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery. He was released on bail.

His attorney, J. Drew Segadelli of Falmouth, said in a telephone interview that Bold has been honored for his work as a firefighter and a paramedic during a public safety career of some two decades. Before joining the Mashpee department, Bold worked as a paramedic in Bristol County, the lawyer said.

Segadelli also said that Bold is the custodial parent of two children, under the age of 10 years old, following his divorce four years ago from his then-wife.

Segadelli called the criminal allegations “groundless. There is no criminal conduct involved here.’’

While adamant that Bold is wrongly accused, Segadelli said his investigation has just begun. “What is the motivation for these groundless allegations?’’ Segadelli said. “That has yet to be determined.’’

He said Bold has been placed on administrative leave with pay by the town. The attorney said he wants to end the criminal charges quickly so Bold can return to work as soon as possible.