A 20-year-old man from Dorchester pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, June 8, in Falmouth District Court to two counts of rape after he was arrested a day earlier for allegedly raping an 18-year-old woman on a Steamship Authority ferry bound for Woods Hole.

Tara L. Miltimore, spokeswoman for the Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office, said that on Monday, June 7, Falmouth police, Edgartown police and Massachusetts State Police detectives were notified of an alleged sexual assault that occurred on the ferry while travelling from Martha’s Vineyard to Woods Hole.

The alleged incident occurred in a delivery truck, Ms. Miltimore said in an email. Mr. Sanches De Jesus was stopped in his vehicle after exiting the ferry, brought to state police and transported to the Bourne barracks.

“There does not appear to be a prior relationship between the alleged victim and the alleged perpetrator,” she said.

Judge Paul G. Pino on Tuesday set bail at $25,000, according to the DA’s office, with GPS monitoring and an order to stay away from and have no contact with the victim. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for June 29.

Steamship Authority spokesman Sean F. Driscoll said the Authority is aware of the incident and is cooperating with the investigation.

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