Man, 38, found guilty of child rape in Ware a decade ago

Staff Writer
Published: 2/20/2019 5:03:41 PM

NORTHAMPTON — After deliberating for the better part of a day, a Hampshire Superior Court jury found Jason Ray Galvan guilty of child rape late Wednesday afternoon.

Galvan, 38, of North Brookfield, bowed his head as a guilty verdict on the charge of forcible rape of a child was read. His bail was revoked, and he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

Galvan was also found guilty of aggravated rape of a child (five-year age difference), and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years of age.

He was found not guilty on three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years of age and one count of witness intimidation.

The acts Galvan was found guilty of took place in a house in Ware when the victim was 5 to 7 years old. Galvan was living with the victim’s family at the time.

The victim is now 16. The Gazette does not typically identify victims of sexual assault.

Galvan will be sentenced next week by Judge Richard Carey, who presided over the trial. Both child rape convictions can carry a life sentence, and aggravated rape of a child (five-year age difference) carries with it a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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