Man accused of child rape to be released on bail


Jan. 7 — SALISBURY – A Salem Superior Court judge on Tuesday overturned a trial judge’s decision to detain a man accused of raping a local child in custody without bail pending trial.

A day later, David McCarron, 55, was in Newburyport District Court where he was to be released after posting a $ 5,000 cash bond.

McCarron faces one charge of forcible child rape and four counts of indecent assault and assault and battery against a child under the age of 14. He is due back in court on January 27 for a probable cause hearing. A probable cause hearing strongly suggests that McCarron will ultimately be indicted by a grand jury in Salem Superior Court and ultimately brought to trial in a higher court.

While awaiting the trail, McCarron is to stay out of Salisbury, wear a GPS tracking device, live at the Bedford address provided to the court, and stay there from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. each day, stay clear and do have no contact with his alleged victim and his witnesses. , and have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16.

Judge Sal Tabit’s ruling echoes demands made by McCarron’s defense team during last Thursday’s detention hearing. During that hearing, McCarron’s lawyers argued that he had no criminal record and turned into Salisbury Police upon learning that there was an arrest warrant against him.

Newburyport District Court Judge Peter Doyle ruled that day that there were no conditions of release that would ensure the safety of the child and ordered McCarron’s detention pending trial . But under Massachusetts law, defendants have the right to appeal a detention decision from a lower court to a higher court.

Little is known about the charges as the police report was immediately impounded after his arraignment. But according to court records, they stem from incidents over three days in September, October and November. Following the November incident, a family member obtained a restraining order against McCarron.

The initial complaint was filed on December 13, after the child was questioned by police just last week.

At last week’s detention hearing, Essex County District Attorney Shailagh Kennedy told Doyle that McCarron had “cared for” the 11-year-old for a long time, including cases where the mother of the child was not at home. In this sense, he had a “caregiver role”.

Dave Rogers is a reporter for the Daily News in Newburyport. Email him at: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @ drogers41008.

Dave Rogers is a reporter for the Daily News in Newburyport. Email him at: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @ drogers41008.


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