BOSTON, Oct. 24, 2013—A Randolph man who once worked at a Winthrop auto body shop was sentenced to life in prison yesterday after his conviction for rape of a child as a second offense, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury yesterday convicted WILLIAM “FRANK” ANDRADE (D.O.B. 11/8/55) of three counts of rape of a child and five counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. At a second set of proceedings today, Judge Elizabeth Fahey found that he was the same individual convicted of rape of a child in 1992 – a crime for which he was sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison.
At the request of Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Keeley, Fahey sentenced Andrade to life in prison with a concurrent 20- to 25-year prison term, followed by lifetime probation in the event that he is ever granted parole. Among the conditions of that probation are that he have no contact with anyone under 18 unless that child’s guardian knows of the facts of his conviction in this case, that he have no contact with the victim or witnesses in this case, and that he wear a GPS monitoring device.
“As difficult as this case was to try, it was far more daunting for the victim, a young girl, to live through,” Conley said. “Not only was she abused by a man she knew and trusted, but her account of that abuse was questioned, second-guessed, and cross-examined in a room full of strangers. I hope she can take some comfort and satisfaction knowing that the jury believed her and that this defendant will remain behind bars for a long, long time. And just as important, I hope other victims of sexual assault will know they can always feel safe disclosing the truth to police, prosecutors, or social service providers.”
Sexual assault can happen to anyone, Conley said. While the victims of any crime are asked to call 911 in an emergency, the survivors of sexual violence in Suffolk County can also call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s 24-hour hotline at 800-841-8371. The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center provides medical advocacy, legal services, counseling, and other services to victims of rape and sexual assault.
During four days of testimony, Keeley proved that Andrade was a friend of a parent of the victim who used his position of trust to gain access to her. The evidence showed that Andrade began sexually assaulting her at his place of work and other locations when she was between the ages of about 11 and 13, that he gave her money and electronics, and that she shouldn’t tell what he was doing or he would “go to jail for a long time.”
The victim did, however, disclose the abuse to a friend. That friend told a parent, who in turn notified police. That notification led to a Sexual Assault Intervention Network interview by a forensic interviewer assigned to the DA’s Child Protection Unit – a practice that gathers information helpful to all investigating agencies while limiting the number of times a child victim must describe the abuse – and further investigation by Winthrop detectives. As a result, the Suffolk County Grand Jury indicted Andrade last summer.
Kate Lagana was the DA’s assigned victim-witness advocate. Kathryn DiPerna was the forensic interviewer. Andrade was represented by attorney Francisco Napolitano.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.