For Immediate Release - October 23, 2015

Kyle Cooper Conviction Affirmed

The Massachusetts Appeals Court Affirms Kyle Cooper Conviction

 

Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that the Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed the conviction of Kyle Cooper, age 25 of Yarmouth. Mr. Cooper was found guilty by a Barnstable County Superior Court jury on May 27, 2014 for: two counts of Rape of a Child with Force; two counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child under the age of Fourteen; Assault with Intent to Rape a Child and Assault and Battery, after a week long trial.  The defendant was sentenced to 8-10 years in state prison, with 20 years of probation, concurrent with the state prison sentence.  The defendant will be required to register as a sex offender.

At trial, the Commonwealth proved Mr. Cooper indecently assaulted the then 8 year old victim.  He also began raping the victim from when the victim was twelve years old. The victim testified that the assaults stopped when the victim was fourteen, and strong enough to fight him off.   The Barnstable Police were notified and an investigation ensued which resulted in the charges against Mr. Cooper.

The Massachusetts Appeals Court rejected Cooper’s claims that he was convicted of incidents for which he had not been indicted, and that the counts of indecent assault and battery were duplicative with the rape indictments.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Bright was the prosecutor for the defendant’s trial.  On appeal, the case was briefed and argued by Assistant District Attorney Julia K. Holler