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星期二, 8月 16, 2016

$1M Bail for Fugitive Child Rape Defendant

$1M Bail for Fugitive Child Rape Defendant
 
BOSTON, Aug. 16, 2016--A former Dorchester resident was arraigned on child rape charges today, more than 20 years after he fled indictments handed down by a Suffolk County grand jury, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
 
JOHN J. HARTIN (D.O.B. 1/22/70) was arraigned today on five counts of rape of a child stemming from sexual assaults on two boys between 1991 and 1992. He was held on $1 million cash bail; should he post that amount, he must wear a GPS monitor and stay away from the victims, witnesses, and all children under 18.
 
The victims were between the ages of six and nine when the abuse took place. One child was the family member of a romantic partner, and the other was that child's friend.  Based on their testimony and additional evidence developed during the course of the initial investigation, Hartin was indicted on July 16, 1993, and a warrant for his arrest issued out of Suffolk Superior Court. He fled the area, and local, state, and federal authorities undertook coordinated to locate and apprehend him, including periodic media campaigns, a cash reward, and interviews with friends and family.
 
On June 13 of this year, renewed efforts by Boston Police, Suffolk prosecutors, the FBI, and US Marshals led investigators to North Carolina, where Hartin was living as "Jay Matthew Carter." He was taken into custody on a federal fugitive warrant and ultimately transported back to Massachusetts to answer on the indictments.
 
"There is no span of miles or years that will keep us from speaking for these young victims," Conley said. "They should know, like survivors everywhere, that our foremost goal is to see justice done on their behalf, no matter how long it might take."
 
Assistant District Attorney Alissa Goldhaber of the DA's Child Abuse Unit led today's proceedings. Tina Nguyen is the DA's victim-witness advocate. The case returns to court on