Tuesday, January 05, 2016
NORTHAMPTON — A 59-year-old South Hadley man accused of raping a child more than 20 years ago pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in Hampshire Superior Court on Monday afternoon.
A grand jury indicted Gary Mackechnie in December on two counts of rape and abuse of a child and two counts of indecent assault on a child younger than 14, according to court documents.
The alleged assaults occurred in Granby on unspecified dates in the early 1990s and were reported to Granby police in 2011, Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Caleb Weiner said.
The victim was 12 and 13 at the time of the assaults and a friend of the family, Weiner said. The girl was “raped and abused and indecently assaulted,” he added.
Mackechnie was released on personal recognizance and ordered not to have any unsupervised contact with, work with or stay overnight with a person younger than 18, according to court documents. He is also not allowed to contact the victim or witnesses.
Mackechnie’s court-appointed attorney, Korrina Burnham of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, declined comment, and Mackechnie said he also did not want to discuss the case when contacted at home later Monday.
Mackechnie is scheduled to return to court July 5 for a pretrial hearing.
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