FALL RIVER — A Freetown man has been sent to state prison after he was convicted of raping his girlfriend’s young daughter.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, Travis Taylor, 51, has been sentenced to serve eight to 12 years in state prison after pleading guilty in Fall River Superior Court to indictments charging him with rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a person under the age of 14. He will also serve 10 years of supervised probation following his release.

The D.A.’s Office reported that on December 3, 2019, the victim’s mother contacted Freetown Police after walking into the home and finding the defendant sexually molesting the young girl. Investigators learned the abuse had been ongoing, and were able to confirm through lab testing that the Taylor’s semen was found on the child.

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"The defendant took advantage of his access to the young child and sexually assaulted her. Fortunately. the victim's mother came home and caught the defendant in the act," District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III said. "The conduct is reprehensible and a serious breach of trust. I commend the child for having the courage to come forward to tell her mother and investigators what happened to her. The sentence is well deserved."

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