FALL RIVER — A 55-year-old convicted rapist was found guilty last week in Fall River Superior Court of sexually molesting his pre-teen relative in Taunton, and will serve the next 18 to 25 years in state prison, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Ronald McCaffrey, last Wednesday, was convicted of indecent assault and battery on a person under 14 by a previously convicted offender. The conviction came after a two-week long trial prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Casey Smith.

The defendant was convicted of rape on a 1997 case. The 1997 case involved a violent rape with the victim sustaining injuries to her neck, two black eyes, and human bites to her genitals, requiring the need for reconstructive surgery to repair her vaginal area. He received a sentence of 10 to 14 years in state prison, and served all 14 years. At the time of the new offense, he had been out of prison for about two years.

On January 11, 2014, the defendant touched his young female relative’s breasts and vaginal area over her clothes, and put his hand in the back of her pants touching the skin of the top part of her buttocks. The incident occurred in his vehicle. He had taken the child with him to drop off her mother, and after the mother departed the vehicle, he pulled over in an unknown location in Taunton and touched the child. The child began to cry and asked the defendant to take her home. The following day, the victim disclosed the molestation to her grandmother, and it was reported to police on the next day.

Assistant District Attorney Smith had argued for a lifetime state prison sentence, while the defense requested a more lenient 15 year state prison term. Judge Renee Dupuis, who presided over the trial, sentenced the defendant to serve 18 to 25 years in state prison.

“I am very pleased the jury convicted the defendant of molesting this young girl, who should have been enjoying life and not have been victimized by this outrageous conduct. It is particularly offensive because this defendant was previously convicted for a brutal rape, and served a significant state prison sentence,” District Attorney Quinn said. “This defendant is a sexual predator and should have received a life sentence. However, the sentence imposed by the court should keep this defendant in custody until he is in his 70s. He would then be subject to being held as a sexually dangerous person when his prison sentence expires.”

--Bristol County District Attorney's Office

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