For Immediate Release - January 28, 2011

Gloucester Man Guilty of Child Rape

A Lawrence Superior Court jury today found Raymond Leverich, 48, of Gloucester, guilty of four counts of rape of a child, six counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and four counts of unnatural acts on a child under 16.  The jury deliberated for nine hours over the course of two days before returning its verdict, following the two-day trial.   

Judge Leila Kern will sentence Leverich on February 11 in Lawrence Superior Court. 

Leverich, who was represented by Attorney Christopher Norris, was found not guilty of four other counts of rape of a child.             

Essex Assistant District Attorney Jean M. Curran proved that on diverse dates between 1999 and 2008, beginning when the girl was about six years old, Leverich sexually assaulted the victim on numerous occasions in Gloucester. 

Prosecutor Curran praised the work of Gloucester Police Sgt., Michael Gossom, who was an investigator at the time of Leverich’s arrest, and Victim/Witness Advocate Tyler Burke for assisting the victim through the court process.  She also lauded the young victim for her strength in testifying.