Jury gets case of Westport man charged with child rape

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Jurors began deliberations Monday in the case of a Westport man charged in 2011 with raping a 6-year-old girl.

The jury in the Fall River Superior Court trial of Joshua Miguel, 37, of 100 Mouse Mill Road, Westport, deliberated for several hours Monday afternoon and was to resume work Tuesday.

Charges against him include two counts of statutory rape of a child, one count of rape of a child with force, and dissemination of material harmful to a minor.

Westport Police arrested Mr. Miguel in August of 2011 after the girl revealed to a grandmother that Mr. Miguel been assaulting her for years.

Westport Detective Jeffrey Majewski said at the time that the girl had stayed with Mr. Miguel and his new wife for awhile. The detective said she asked the grandmother not to tell her secret because she was frightened of what might happen.

The girl participated in a forensic interview conducted at the Bristol County Children’s Advocacy Center in Fall River, which also conducted a pediatric sexual assault exam. During the interview, police said the child revealed many details to the interviewer.

Through the interviews, police said they knew where to find items like the pornographic DVDs and magazines they said they found hidden in a pull down attic area that Mr. Miguel allegedly forced the girl to look at while he assaulted her.

Det. Majeweki said the child told the interviewer that she had been abused for about a year and a half by a family friend called “Josh.” She said the assaults occurred while the family occasionally stayed with him on weekends and continued during a month-long stay with them in the summer of 2011.

“Some of the most graphic details I’ve ever heard come out of these interviews came out of this little girl,” Det. Majewski said at the time. He has investigated these types of cases since 1997.

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