FALL RIVER — A 56-year-old Attleboro man was convicted after a four-day trial in Fall River Superior Court last week of raping and indecently assaulting a young female family member during the late 1990s and early 2000s, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Albert Tremblay was convicted by a jury of his peers of indictments charging him with three counts of rape of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person under 14 years of age. The jury deliberated for about five hours before returning its verdict on February 12.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Casey Smith and a 15-to-20-year state prison term was imposed by Judge William Sullivan. The defendant, upon his eventual release from prison, will then be placed on five years of supervised probation.

In April of 2014, the victim, now in her mid-20s, contacted the District Attorney’s Office and ultimately attended a meeting with an investigator from the D.A.’s Office. During that meeting, she recounted the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of the defendant when she was a child. She explained to the investigator that the defendant had begun to sexually assault her, starting when she was eight or nine years old. She described a series of indecent touching that escalated to rape.

Upon obtaining this preliminary information, the D.A.’s investigator contacted Sgt. Arthur Brillon of the Attleboro Police Department. Sgt. Brillon took over the investigation and also met with the victim, who described indecent touching of her breasts and vagina, and that the defendant would make her manipulate his penis. She also described oral, digital, and penile rapes over a period of years. Sgt. Brillon also made contact with a witness, who confirmed the victim’s statements to her about the rapes from a decade earlier. The defendant was later indicted and arrested.

“The defendant was in a position of trust as the victim’s family member, and had easy access to her. The repeated sexual assaults caused serious trauma to the victim, who should have been enjoying her childhood. I commend her for coming forward and persevering through this very difficult ordeal. A substantial prison sentence was more than justified to hold the defendant accountable,” District Attorney Quinn said.

— Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

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