For Immediate Release - January 28, 2010

Jeffrey Perry, 39, of Haverhill, pleaded guilty today in Salem Superior Court to three counts of rape of a child, one count of dissemination of matter harmful to a minor, and eight charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

Judge David Lowy sentenced him to 5-8 years in state prison, with three years probation upon his release. He must comply with the Sex Offender Registry Board requirements, complete sex offender treatment, have no contact with the victim, no unsupervised contact with any child under 16, and be subject to GPS monitoring. The agreed-upon plea was done to prevent any further trauma the child would have suffered by having to take the stand at trial.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate B. MacDougall told the court that had the case gone to trial, the Commonwealth would have presented evidence that the defendant began sexually assaulting a boy known to him beginning in December of 2008, and continuing until August of 2009. The boy was 12 years old when the assaults began, first at the defendant's former home in Lawrence, and then at his most recent residence in Haverhill.

The abuse was discovered when detectives, investigating an arson at the defendant's 99 Emerson Street apartment in Haverhill, became concerned about the defendant's relationship with the child. Further investigation resulted in the defendant's confession and subsequent charges.

Prosecutor MacDougall lauded Haverhill detectives Carl Rogers and Andrea Fogerty, and State Police Sgt. Paul Zipper for their investigative work. Judge Lowy also commended the police for their diligence in uncovering the abuse of the child.

Perry was represented by Attorney Amanda Barker from the Committee for Public Counsel Services.