For Immediate Release - October 23, 2009

Stephen F. Clifford pled guilty

Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced that Stephen F. Clifford (D.O.B. 12/12/1951) of Plymouth pled guilty in Barnstable Superior Court to Rape and Violating a Restraining Order. He was sentenced to 9 years to 12 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction by The Honorable Richard F. Connon.

On June 4, 2008 Clifford raped the 18 year old daughter of his long time girlfriend. In the early morning hours she awoke in her own bed to find him kneeling over her with a roll of duct tape in his hand. He used that tape to cover her mouth and tie her arms to the bedposts. When she reached for her cell phone charging on the bedside table, Clifford grabbed the phone and threw it across the room. After the sexual assault Clifford told her that he was sorry and asked her to give him time to leave before she called for help. He left a large amount of cash on the hall table and told her to give that money to her mother. Clifford fled the state and was found by the Connecticut State Police at Foxwoods Casino.

The case was investigated by the Bourne Department and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Office of the Cape and Islands District Attorney. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Sharon Thibeault.