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Athol Man Convicted of Child Rape, Other Charges


GREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A jury has convicted an Athol man on charges he sexually assaulted a girl several years ago.

51-year-old Mark Goewey of Athol was found guilty Tuesday of three counts of aggravated rape of a child and two counts of indecent assault and batter

Mary Carey, spokesperson for Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, says that during seven day trial, the jury heard testimony from the victim, who is now 21 years old, about sexual abuse she suffered in her Athol home between the ages of nine and thirteen.

During those years, Carey adds that Goewey was the then-partner of the victim’s mother.

Assistant District Attorney Carrie Russell, who prosecuted the case, says in a statement, “The victim is an incredibly resilient young woman who testified about the horrific abuses she suffered with untold bravery and resolve. We are hopeful that the jury’s verdicts will provide her with some measure of closure and a renewed strength to move forward in her life.”

Goewey is set to be sentenced on September 24. He is subject to a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison.

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