A Lynn priest was arraigned in Lynn District Court on various Massachusetts Sexual Assault Charges for allegedly sexually molesting over several years.
The defendant, Daniel Lopez, was a priest at the Vida Real Internacional Congregation in Lynn. The Essex County District Attorney’s Office alleges that between 2004 and 2008, he sexually assaulted several children who were younger than 9 years old. During that time, he is also alleged to have raped one of those children.
The defendant was arraigned in Lynn District Court and charged with several counts of Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child Under 14 and Rape of a Child by Force.
The Massachusetts Sex Crime of Rape of a Child is the sexual intercourse with a child under 16 where the child is compelled to engage in such acts by force. A conviction for this sex offense would subject a defendant convicted of this crime to Sex Offender Registration; require that he submit his DNA to the state’s DNA database; possible community parole supervision for life; and could also serve as a predicate offense for civil commitment as a “sexually dangerous person”.
A conviction to Rape of a Child by Force carries a potential prison sentence of any term of years up to life.
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