Plymouth man accused of child rape

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    By TAMARA RACE
    The Patriot Ledger


    PLYMOUTH - Police have charged a Plymouth man with repeatedly raping a girl over a 13-year period.

    Appearing in Plymouth District Court on Thursday, David S. Groom, 37, of 11R Granby Lane pleaded innocent to charges of rape, rape of a child, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, and assault with intent to rape.

    Judge Kathryn Hand ordered Groom held without bail pending a hearing that will be held Tuesday to determine whether he is a risk to the community.

    The girl, now 18, told her friends about the alleged attacks, and her friends urged her to tell school officials, police said.

    School administrators, in turn, notified the police officer assigned to the school, which prompted an investigation.

    Groom was arrested at home at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and held on $100,000 bail pending his arraignment Thursday.

    With the investigation continuing, more charges are possible, police said.

    http://ledger.southofboston.com/articles/2007/12/07/news/news14.txt
     
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    [SIZE=+1]Man held in rape case is released after girl recants; Charges remain for now but Plymouth man freed[/SIZE]


    By TAMARA RACE
    The Patriot Ledger


    PLYMOUTH - A Plymouth man held without bail last week on charges of child rape was released Monday after the alleged victim recanted her story late Friday.

    Assistant District Attorney Peter Maguire, who on Thursday urged Judge Kathryn Hand to hold David Groom, 37, of 11R Granby Lane, Plymouth, without bail, Monday asked that he be released on his promise to return to court next month.

    Maguire dropped the state’s request for a danger hearing today to determine if Groom is a danger to the community or the alleged victim.

    Maguire told Judge Thomas Brownell that subsequent statements the alleged victim made to Plymouth police were inconsistent with her original story.

    ‘‘There are enough concerns over her credibility that we feel it’s appropriate to release Mr. Groom,’’ he said.

    But Maguire stopped short of dismissing the charges, saying the case would need further investigation.

    Groom was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim and stay out of trouble until his next court date Jan. 14.

    His attorney, Jack Atwood, hopes by then the charges will be dropped.

    Plymouth police Capt. Michael Botieri said some of the girl’s statements couldn’t be corroborated and when confronted with the inconsistencies she recanted other accusations against Groom.

    Atwood said the girl had accused several men in addition to Groom of raping her but could not give police anything more than first names and vague descriptions.

    Eventually she told police she had made the whole thing up, including the accusations against Groom, Atwood said reading from police reports.

    The girl was again vague when police asked her why she lied, according to those reports, Atwood said.
    Atwood praised prosecutors and police for acting quickly to release Groom when the case began to fall apart.

    ‘‘My client vociferously denies all the allegations and hoped the girl would renege, and that’s pretty much what happened,’’ Atwood said. ‘‘This is the first step to seeing this nightmare is over.’’

    http://ledger.southofboston.com/articles/2007/12/11/news/news06.txt
     

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