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Marblehead man charged with aggravated child rape

Posted by Terri Ogan  June 18, 2013 04:21 PM

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Marblehead police, along with two agents from The Department of Homeland Security, arrested a Marblehead man last Thursday afternoon after officials allegedly found images online of the man performing sexual acts on a girl under the age of 14.

Raymond Depaula, 39, of 23 Puritan Road, has been charged with aggravated rape of a child under 16, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, disseminating child pornography, and posing a child for sexual photographs.

Depaula was arraigned last Friday in Lynn District Court. Bail was set at $500,000 for the aggravated rape charge.

According to a police report, Sergeant Sean Brady was granted an arrest warrant for Depaula after being contacted by a special agent from Homeland Security regarding sexually implicit images of Depaula and the victim that were posted on the Internet on June 6.

When Brady, along with two other Marblehead police officers and two Homeland Security agents, arrived at Depaula's home, Brady asked him if he had ever been involved with a child sexually, the report said.

"Depaula told me he would never touch a child in that way," Brady said in his report. "I showed Depaula three photographs with him and [the victim] involved in sexual activity. Depaula admitted to me that the photos were of him and [the victim]."

After police read him his Miranda Rights, Depaula agreed to speak with them and was transported to the Marblehead Police station for questioning.

From Depaula's home on Puritan Road, police seized a Cannon EOS Rebel XT camera and accessories, an LG smart phone, an LG flip phone, 39 DVDs or CDs, a micro SD card, one photograph in a frame, and one pillow case and sheets.

According to reports, there were a total of 17 images of Depaula and the victim, which he said were taken a few years ago.

"When I asked Depaula about posting the images onto the Internet, he denied ever posting them," Brady said in his report. "Depaula claimed that someone must have stolen his SD card from the camera, posted the pictures, and then returned the SD card to the camera without his knowledge. I told Depaula that was very hard to believe."

Depaula will return to court for a pre-trial hearing on July 11.

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