Tarjick found guilty, sent to state prison
Aaron Tarjick of Pittsfield, Mass. was sentenced to 19-25 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised probation, today, following his conviction by a Hampshire County jury on June 4 on three (3) counts of Forcible Rape of a Child Under 14, one (1) count of Aggravated Rape of a Child, one (1) count of Rape and Abuse of a Child and over a dozen other related charges.
Tarjick will also be required to register as a sex offender under the sentence imposed by Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder in Hampden Superior Court in Springfield.
Tarjick, 36, was found guilty of a total of seventeen (17) counts of sexual acts toward two separate child victims for charges that were brought in Berkshire and Hampshire counties and joined for trial in Hampshire Superior Court.
Assistant District Attorney Linda Pisano, Chief of the Child Abuse Unit of the Office of Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan, and Assistant District Attorney Rachael Eramo, Chief of Family Violence Unit of Berkshire County District Attorney Office of David F. Capeless were the prosecutors.
"Justice has been served," Pisano said. "I am grateful to the jury for their attentiveness and hard work. Sitting as a juror on a child abuse case is particularly difficult and this case was certainly no exception,” Pisano said.
"My biggest praise goes to the victims who had the incredible courage to come forward and tell their very difficult story. The bravery of the victims has helped other children be safe," Pisano said.
The acts for which Tarjick was found guilty include three (3) counts of Forcible Rape of a Child, one (1) count of Aggravated Rape of a Child, one (1) count of Rape and Abuse of a Child, eleven (11) counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child under Fourteen and one (1) count of Open and Gross, Lewd and Lascivious Acts.
Tarjick was found not guilty on one (1) count of Posing and Exhibiting a Child in a State of Nudity.
Tarjick’s actions first came to light when the biological father of one of the victims notified the Massachusetts State Police to state that he was en route to pick up his 13-year- old daughter in the Hampshire County town of Middlefield after she had notified him via a text that she had been sexually assaulted by the defendant.
The investigation resulted in a search warrant being executed at the defendant's Middlefield home and culminated in Hampshire County with his arrest on August 18, 2010 and his subsequent indictment by a Hampshire County Grand Jury on September 22, 2010. The Hampshire County Grand Jury indicted the defendant for one (1) count of Aggravated Rape of Child, three (3) counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under Fourteen and one (1) count of Open and Gross, Lewd and Lascivious Acts. These acts occurred between May 2010 and August 2010.
The Hampshire and Berkshire County Grand Juries also indicted the defendant's wife, Mackenzie Tarjick, 34, also of Pittsfield, for one (1) count of Wanton or Reckless Endangerment of a Child Under 18. Her trial is scheduled for this summer.
During the course of the investigation it was learned that the defendant had committed similar acts towards the same victim and another victim in the Berkshire County towns of Dalton and Becket. As a result of these offenses, a Berkshire County Grand Jury indicted the defendant for four (4) counts of Forcible Rape of a Child, eight (8) counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child under Fourteen and one (1) count of Posing and Exhibiting a Child in a State of Nudity.
The Berkshire County offenses occurred between 2006 and May 2010.
The lead investigators on the case were Massachusetts State Police Detectives Sgt. Gary Gadreault of the Massachusetts State Police Detective Bureau in Hampshire County and Trooper Michael Scott of the State Police Detective Bureau Berkshire County Unit.