For Immediate Release - November 27, 2012

Child Rapist to Serve 11-13 Years in State Prison

Judge Richard Welch sentenced Wilfredo Alas, 33, of Salem, to 11 to 13 years in state prison, followed by 10 years of probation, for raping a young female relative.  A Newburyport Superior Court jury found him guilty of child rape, attempted child rape, and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person under 14 on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 following a four day trial.

In February, another relative of the victim, Jesus Najarro, was convicted of raping and assaulting her and is serving 8 to 10 years in state prison.  “This victim has shown tremendous courage after suffering what no young child should have to,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.  “I hope that this verdict and sentence provide her with assurance that what happened to her was not her fault and is, in fact, a despicable crime.”

Essex Assistant District Attorney Karen Hopwood proved that from August 2003 to February 2006, Alas indecently assaulted , attempted to rape and then raped her.  The final rape occurred in the months after her mother confronted the defendant.  The victim ultimately told someone at her school who then contacted Salem Police.

The victim was provided services from Essex Victim Witness Advocate Deborah Dunn.

Alas was represented by Attorney Ray Buso.