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There was not a dry eye in the audience when a Norfolk County Jury convicted Ryan Bois for the death of a six year old Weymouth girl. According to the Boston Globe, in a courtroom filled with emotion, Judge Janet Sanders told a packed courtroom that this was the “worst she has seen in her fourteen years a a judge” before she imposed four life term sentences. Bois was convicted for the rape, murder and kidnapping of his six year old cousin, Joanna Mullin. According to news reports, the trial lasted six days and the jury deliberated for 8 hours before convicting Bois of first-degree murder, two counts of rape, home invasion, kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny under $250, malicious destruction of property under $250, failure to stop for a police officer and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

During the trial the defense maintained that Bois, 22 years old, was not guilty by reason of insanity. According to the Boston Globe, the Norfolk County prosecutor countered claiming that Bois’s action were calculated when he raped his young cousin, wrapped her body in bed sheets and a quilt, stole keys to his grandmother’s sport utility vehicle, and put the body in the back seat. The prosecutor presented evidence indicating that after committing this horrific crime, Bois called an acquaintance to get some drugs and during this conversation asked the acquaintance how to dispose of a body.

Understandably unable to listen to the details that led up to their daughter’s death Mullins parents stayed away during the trial. However, many relatives and friends attended the trial at the Norfolk Superior Court located in Dedham, Massachusetts. After the jury returned the guilty verdict the prosecutor read the victim impact statement that Joanna’s parents prepared.

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The Boston Globe recently reported that a girls basketball coach at the Melrose YMCA was arrested and charged with rape and indecent assault and battery on a child under fourteen. According to the Boston Globe, the Middlesex County District Attorney alleges that the Reading defendant, “. . . over the course of a number of years, violated the trust placed in him as a coach of young girls and sexually assaulted this young victim.” The North Reading Police Chief stated that, “Because of the way that the suspect operated, our investigators are concerned that there could be additional victims who have not yet come forward.” The Reading resident was arraigned in the Woburn district court. However, the Middlesex County Grand Jury will likely indict the defendant and the case will proceed through the Middlesex Superior Court now located in Woburn, MA.

The maximum penalty for the crime of rape [M.G.L.A. 265 § 22] is life in prison. In order for the District Attorney to prove someone guilty of rape, it must prove that the defendant compelled another to have intercourse by force against an individual’s will or compelled by threat of bodily injury. Although the crime of rape in Massachusetts is a crime of violence, the force used to accomplish the rape need not be physical force. Additionally, in certain circumstances the force necessary for the District Attorney to prove rape may be constructive force as well as physical force, violence, or threat of bodily harm. However, if Commonwealth relies on constructive force it must also prove that sexual intercourse was against the victim’s will.

The maximum sentence for a defendant who is convicted for indecent assault and battery on a child under fourteen [M.G.L.A. 265 § 13B ] for the first time is two and one half years in jail or ten years in state prison. For proceedings under this statute, a person under fourteen years of age is considered incapable of consenting to the conduct of the defendant.

In Massachusetts, a touching is considered indecent when the conduct of the defendant violates social and behavioural expectations to such a degree that A touching is indecent, within meaning of statute governing indecent assault and battery, when, judged by the normative standard of societal mores, violates social and behavioural expectations, in a manner which is fundamentally offensive to moral values and which the common sense of society would regard as immodest, immoral and improper.

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