Robert Cerqua of Southboro Massachusetts arrested on child rape charges

Robert Cerqua - Southboro Massachusetts - Westboro District Court

A man accused of repeatedly raping a child over a seven-year period was held on $500,000 cash bail at his arraignment this morning in Westboro District Court.
Robert Cerqua, 58, of 9 Foley Drive, Southboro, Massachusetts, allegedly wrote his wife emails telling her, “I’m not even human,” and “I’m sorry I’m a bad person, I have a sickness,” according to Assistant District Attorney Courtney L. Sans.

With his mother sitting in the courtroom and wiping tears away from her eyes during the brief court proceedings, Mr. Cerqua was charged with two counts of aggravated child rape, two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or under and dissemination of matter harmful to a minor.

In arguing for the steep cash bail, Ms. Sans said the victim disclosed to her mother on Feb. 9 the nature of the seven-year sexual relationship, and her mother alerted authorities. Ms. Sans said Mr. Cerqua knows where the family lives, and where they used to live before moving to Southboro.

Mr. Cerqua allegedly was routinely unclothed in the girl’s presence, Ms. Sans said, and he had intercourse with her. Mr. Cerqua allegedly introduced a sex toy and showed the girl pornography. Ms. Sans said Mr. Cerqua at one point encouraged one of the girl’s 14-year-old friends to participate in sexual activities.

On the same morning police were interviewing the alleged victim, Mr. Cerqua was identified as the suspect, but it appeared he was tipped off to the investigation, according to authorities, and fled the area before police were able to arrest him. Ms. Sans said Mr. Cerqua allegedly sent his wife several emails the same day police were interviewing the victim.

Franklin-based lawyer John J. Hickey Jr., who represented Mr. Cerqua at his arraignment today, argued for lower bail. He said Mr. Cerqua is a carpenter who was employed at Marlboro-based Ferris Development Group LLC. Mr. Hickey said Mr. Cerqua has two daughters and two grandchildren, and other family members in Massachusetts. Mr. Hickey said the defendant had no history of defaults.

If Mr. Cerqua were to post the $500,000 cash bail, he also was ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the victim, and to wear a GPS-monitoring device.

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