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Trial of Frank Stanley Jr. on child rape and other charges starts; jury selection expected to end Tuesday

NORTHAMPTON — Five more jurors are being sought in Hampshire Superior Court this week for the criminal trial of Frank L. Stanley Jr. on child rape and other charges.

Stanley, 42, of 35 Chmura Road, Hadley, faces 18 charges — six counts of statutory rape of a child, four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, three counts of distributing obscene material to a minor, three counts of posing a child in a nude or lascivious position, and one count each of indecent assault and battery on a child over 14 and committing an unnatural act with a child.

Nine jurors, five women and four men, were selected before the pool of 47 potential jurors was exhausted Monday.

Judge Daniel A. Ford, who is presiding over the case, expects to have the remaining five seats filled Tuesday morning.

The trial may last until Sept. 27, according to Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Linda Pisano, who is prosecuting the case.

Pisano said in court the charges stem from alleged incidents in Granby between 2000 and 2004 and in Hadley between 2004 and 2006.

If convicted, Stanley faces up to a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in state prison on each of the rape and posing charges.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.

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