North Brookfield man gets 10 to 12 years for child rape

  • Jason Galvan, center, at his trial in Hampshire Superior Court in February. STAFF PHOTO/BERA DUNAU

Staff Writer
Published: 2/28/2019 3:48:56 PM

NORTHAMPTON – A 38-year-old North Brookfield man was sentenced to 10 to 12 years in state prison on child rape charges on Thursday.

Jason Galvan was found guilty by a jury in February on charges of forcible rape of a child and aggravated rape of a child, as well as indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years of age. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard Carey sentenced Galvin to 10 to 12 years in prison on the first two charges, to be served concurrently, and five years probation for the indecent assault and battery charge. He was credited with 10 days of confinement.

The crimes occurred in Ware when the victim, who was known to Galvin, was 5 to 7 years old.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette does not typically identify victims of rape and sexual assault.

In his February trial, Galvan was found not guilty of three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years of age and one count of witness intimidation.

The sentence was significantly less than the 20-25 years in prison that the commonwealth asked for on the rape charges and the 10 years probation for the indecent assault and battery charge.

Assistant District Attorney Linda Pisano said the victim’s age at the time of the crimes and the repeated nature were aggravating factors in her sentencing recommendation.

“This was a heinous offense on a young child,” Pisano said. “The sentence should be severe.”

Pisano said that the victim, now 16, had become a “survivor” but also had been given a “lifelong sentence” by Galvan. 

A number of people showed up to support the victim, who gave a victim impact statement prior to the sentencing while standing beside Pisano. The victim said Galvan’s crimes had caused suicidal thoughts, insomnia, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. The victim recommended a sentence of 70 years in prison with no possibility of parole.

Galvan’s attorney Korrina Burnham asked for a sentence of 10 years in prison, the mandatory minimum for the aggravated rape charge. Burnham said Galvan lacked a criminal record and that the crimes had happened “quite some time ago.”

Burnham said Galvan’s conviction will probably result in him spending almost the rest of his life as a registered sex offender.

“That is a lifelong sentence,” she said.

Burnham said Galvan has received support, including from those in court and in letters submitted on his behalf. Among those in court Thursday was his fiancee.

In an interview outside the courtroom, Pisano said that getting convictions in child sexual abuse cases is very difficult. She said she was proud of the victim for coming forward with testimony in the case.

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


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