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Man Sentenced for Raping Foster Child

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GREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A man, formerly from Franklin County, has been convicted of charges that he raped a foster child.

A Franklin County jury found 22-year-old Joshua Matthews, who recently lived in Keene, N.H., guilty of two counts of forcible rape of a child.

Matthews also lived for a time in Athol.

Mary Carey, spokesperson for Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, says that the charges against Matthews were in connection with over two years of sexual abuse that he committed on a then 7-year-old foster child living in his home.

The boy, who is now 14, testified in court about the abuse.

Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Carrie Russell says, “It’s solely because of this child’s strength and resilience that we were able to bring this case to court and ultimately secure a conviction.”

Sentencing is set for Friday, April 12 in Franklin Superior Court. Matthews faces a possible life sentence.

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