WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Westfield couple denies charges of raping a 14-year-old girl and taking pornographic pictures of her.
The alleged sex acts took place last month while the young girl was on school vacation.
Melissa Gorneault lives across the street from where the alleged abuse took place.
“Over the past 24 hours I saw a lot of commotion going on across the street, and we really were wondering what was going on,” says Gorneault.
Authorities were apparently confiscating evidence from the apartment.
What police say was going on was the sexual abuse of a 14-year old girl in the basement of apartment 14C at Colonial Pine Acres.
31-year old Nathaniel Lami and 22-year old Leonne Vieu face several charges including rape of a child, lascivious posing or exhibiting a child in the nude, and indecent assault and battery.
Lami allegedly took videos of his victim on his iPhone while engaging in a sexual act.
The disturbing allegations shocked neighbors.
“I was besides myself when I heard the news and having two five-year old kids myself, I couldn’t believe such an act was happening so close,” Gorneault adds.
Another neighbor who didn’t want us to show her face says she felt something was wrong when she saw the 14-year old.
“A couple of days when I saw her around I had this feeling something wasn’t right, because she was so young and he’s like 30 or more,’ says the neighbor.
Neighbors say an alleged incident like this will have everyone keeping a closer eye on their own children.
“I’ll be right outside with them every minute of the day, I can’t trust to even keep the doors and windows open now,” says Melissa Gorneault.
Prosecutors say evidence from Lami’s basement included a so-called sex slave contract signed by the victim saying she agreed not to tell what the couple had done to her.
The two suspects are being held on bail for another court appearance next month.