The former deputy police chief of Hopkinton was accused of raping a young girl almost 20 years ago. On Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty in Middlesex Superior Court.
During his hearing, John “Jay” Porter, 54, pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape of a child. Porter was freed without bail by Clerk Magistrate Michael Sullivan, but he had to wear a GPS tracking bracelet. Porter was also told to stay away from the victim, her family, and the places where her children went to school.
Since August of last year, Porter had been on administrative leave. At the time, no reason was given, but in a joint statement from Town Manager Norman Khumalo and Police Chief Joseph Bennett, it was revealed that the leave was because of the criminal investigation.
Prosecution: Victim ‘placed her trust’ in Porter
The two rapes happened in 2004 and 2005 when Porter was a school security officer for the department and the victim was 15.
On Tuesday, prosecutor Thomas Brant said that Porter raped the girl twice when she was in the 10th grade. The first time was in September 2004, and the second time was in June 2005.
The tweet below confirms the news of Indictment:
Hopkinton’s former deputy chief of the Hopkinton Police Department has been indicted on child rape charges in connection with alleged assaults on a student that occurred while he was working as a school resource officer in the town. https://t.co/MrbvpN5cWZ
— Chaos In Vegas ➐ (@ChaoticVegasMan) May 1, 2023
“He got to know a young female student at that school who was very vulnerable at the time and put her trust in the school resource officer,” said Brant.
Brant said that now that the accusations have been made public, the woman is “afraid” that Porter will bother her.
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Porter’s Lawyers Say That He Hasn’t Done Anything Wrong in the Past
Porter’s defense team denied the charges, saying that he has never been in trouble before and that they are ready to fight the claims.
Porter quit his job as a police officer in Hopkinton on April 28 and was charged with rape on May 1. Porter has also quit as the girls’ soccer coach at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School.
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