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Melrose man sentenced to 10-12 years in prison for raping granddaughter

A Melrose man was recently sentenced in Middlesex Superior Court to serve at least 10 to 12 years of imprisonment after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting his 12-year-old granddaughter, a report from the Burlington News stated on Wednesday, November 27.

According to Judge Jane Haggerty, Francis Watt, 72, will have to serve 10 to 12 years in prison for sexually abusing his autistic granddaughter three years ago. Watt, who was convicted of aggravated rape of a child, assault with intent to rape a child, and indecent assault and battery of a child below 14 years of age will be incarcerated in Massachusetts Correctional Institution-Cedar Junction. Watt will also be placed under probation for five years upon his release.

Sexual offense charges are considered very serious by law enforcement agencies, making these offense some of the most heavily penalized. As such, when facing such charges, it is advisable to seek the help of a defense attorney who can help you build an aggressive defense. For those charged with a sex crime in Cape Cod, attorney James Powderly can help you fight to protect your freedom. Call him at 508-343-0676.