East Boston man held on child rape charges

An East Boston man was held on $20,000 cash bail today following his Superior Court indictment on multiple counts of child rape and related offenses believed to have taken place in the 1990s, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced.
Suffolk Superior Court Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson also accommodated prosecutors’ requests and ordered 45-year-old Robert Taylor to stay away from the alleged victim and to have no unsupervised contact with children under 16 during the pendency of his case.
On March 23, a Suffolk County grand jury indicted Taylor on four counts of rape of a child and five counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. The indictments followed a lengthy investigation by Revere Police and Suffolk prosecutors assigned to Conley’s Child Abuse Unit.
Evidence suggests that, between September 1994 and September 1997, Taylor sexually abused the young daughter of his then-girlfriend. The victim was between the ages of four and six years old at the time of the alleged offenses, which are believed to have taken place in the home they shared on Macoba Street in Revere and at Taylor’s place of employment, a Sunoco station on Broadway.
Taylor is believed to have assaulted the child when his girlfriend was out of the home and he was left to care for her. Investigators believe that Taylor initiated the abuse, telling the victim that they were going to play “a Star Wars game.”
The victim, now 16, initially disclosed the abuse to a childhood friend and, after her mother died, to a landlady, who notified members of the victim’s family. Revere Police detectives launched their own investigation with the assistance of Suffolk prosecutors and forensic interviewers.
In a taped, post-Miranda interview with Revere detectives, Taylor made statements indicating that he had assaulted the child. He was placed under arrest on Feb. 22 and subsequently arraigned in Chelsea District Court. Today’s arraignment moves the case to Superior Court, where it will be adjudicated.
Taylor was represented by attorney Laurence Kelley. He will return to court on May 7.
Revere Police believe that Taylor may have more victims, and are urging parents whose children had contact with him and have suspicions to contact Det. Ed Flood at (781) 286-3558.

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