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Child rape arrest

Man from Sturbridge is charged

February 07, 2010
A Sturbridge man was arraigned last week on charges he allegedly molested a boy repeatedly over five years, but released on just $850 bail with a GPS tracker.

Dudley District Court records show Samuel Gonzalez Jr., 41, of 100 Heritage Green Drive, Sturbridge, was charged with statutory rape of a child, indecent assault on a child under 14, and witness intimidation. He pleaded not guilty on Feb. 1 and returns to court Feb. 25 for a pretrial hearing.

In a police report with various names and relationships blacked out, Sturbridge Detective Mark Saloio states the case came to light when the boy reported to staff at West Street School that he had been sexually abused "on multiple occasions." Principal Joany Santa contacted the state Department of Children and Families and Southbridge police, who had SAIN (Sexual Abuse Intervention Network) representative Rosie Alicea interview the boy. Alicea learned the alleged incidents involved anal rape, oral sex, exposure to video porn and inappropriate touching and occurred "while visiting [Gonzalez] at his Sturbridge apartment," Saloio wrote.

Police also arranged for the boy to be physically examined by the UMass Child Protection Unit.

"[The boy] alleged he was being raped and abused since he was five years old," and threatened with spankings if he told anyone, Saloio wrote, later adding the incidents happened "almost every weekend" for nearly five years, most recently in December.

After Southbridge called Sturbridge police into the case, Saloio called Gonzalez at work, and the suspect agreed to come in to talk. The detective wrote that Gonzalez was Mirandized on his arrival, but still "admitted having anal sex two or three times over the past several years," touching the boy's organ (but claimed the boy "asked him to do it"), and said "he has 'problems' and is trying to obtain help." But Gonzalez denied threatening the boy to keep him silent.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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