Jury to rule in child rape case

Staff Writer
Published: 2/20/2019 12:23:04 AM

NORTHAMPTON — The trial of Jason Ray Galvan on child rape charges went to the jury on Tuesday, after the defendant himself took the stand and the defense and prosecution made their closing arguments.

Galvan, 38, of North Brookfield, is accused of molesting and raping a child between the ages of 5 and 7 in Ware.

The alleged victim is now 16. As a policy, the Gazette does not typically identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

In her closing statement, Galvan’s attorney, Korrina Burnham, said the alleged victim’s story was made up.

“It’s a story that is born out of what is clearly a family feud,” said Burnham.

Assistant District Attorney Linda Pisano, however, urged the jurors to believe the accuser. And she also said that the defendant’s own words corroborate the alleged victim’s accusations.

“Ironically, the defendant corroborates everything, almost,” Pisano said. “But just gives an innocent spin.”

One of the charges Galvan faced, unnatural acts with a child under the age of 16, was dismissed at the request of the commonwealth. Judge Richard Carey explained that he was dismissing the charge because it would be confusing to the jury and jeopardize the defendant’s right to a fair trial.

Galvan still faces seven counts in the case: 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, and witness intimidation

The day started with continued testimony from the grandmother, who was called by the defense as a witness, being questioned by the prosecution. The grandmother lived with the alleged victim and Galvan when the abuse allegedly took place.

In Galvan’s testimony, he described his history with the family and how he came to live with the alleged victim’s family, starting when he was a teenager.

Much of Pisano’s questioning referred back to Galvan’s interview with the Ware police.

On his interview with the Ware police, Galvan said he confused events that happened with different children.

“I wasn’t paying attention to what I was saying,” Galvan said.

Pisano cross-examined Galvan, and questioned him extensively about information surrounding the bathing of the alleged victim.

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

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