Alleged victim takes stand in child rape trial

  • Jason Galvan is flanked by his attorneys at his trial Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court. STAFF PHOTO/Bera Dunau

Staff Writer
Published: 2/12/2019 10:56:05 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The first day of the trial of Jason Ray Galvan on a raft of charges, including forcible rape of a child, saw his alleged victim take the stand Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court.

Galvan, of North Brookfield, is accused of sexually assaulting, and digitally raping a child who was known to him over a period of two years in Ware. The trial is being presided over by Judge Richard Carey.

Galvan, 38, lived with the alleged victim’s family as the child grew up. All charges stem from alleged incidents that occurred when the alleged victim showered with Galvan from ages 5 to 7. 

“At the time, he called it ‘washing,’” the alleged victim, now 16, said on the stand. “But what would occur would be assault.”

Although the plaintiff was named in court, the Gazette does not generally identify alleged victims of rape or sexual assault.

In her opening statements, Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Linda Pisano said the child was “repeatedly indecently assaulted and digitally raped by Galvan from ages 5 to 7.”

Korrina Ann Burnham, Galvan’s defense counsel, said that the case is focused on a family divided, and a “teenager who has been put in an impossible position.”

She also said that Galvan had a parental role in the alleged victim’s life, having been present at the time of the child’s birth.

Burnham invited the jury to listen carefully to what Galvan said when he was interviewed about the allegations by the Ware Police Department.

In 2017, the alleged victim accused Galvan of rape and assault, first revealing this information to a family member.

Pisano said that when interviewed by the Ware Police Department, Galvan admitted to showering with the alleged victim.

The victim’s mother testified that her child washed herself in a bathtub when she was 5 and did not require assistance.

“Do you have a clear memory of what happened in that shower at the hands of the defendant?” Pisano asked the alleged victim in court.

“Yes,” the alleged victim said.

Galvan has been charged with forcible rape of a child, aggravated rape of a child (five-year age difference), four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years of age, unnatural acts with a child under the age of 16 and witness intimidation.

The trial will continue with more testimony Wednesday at 9 a.m., and court officials expect it to go to the jury on either Thursday or Friday.

This article was updated Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.




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