Berkshire County man convicted of rape in absentia
Posted at: 11/01/2012 11:06 AM
By: Associated Press
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Great Barrington man has been convicted of child rape even though authorities say he has fled to his native Mexico.
A Berkshire Superior Court jury on Wednesday found 41-year-old Ciro Reyes-Palma guilty of 11 charges even though he wasn't in court.
Reyes-Palma was at his trial last Friday but failed to show Monday. Federal authorities told police his passport was used at Kennedy Airport in New York on Saturday for a flight to Mexico.
Reyes-Palma was free on $10,000 bail.
Prosecutors say he sexually molested a girl in Great Barrington over three years beginning in 2009. The victim is now 15.
The Berkshire Eagle reports Reyes-Palma's defense attorney questioned the evidence and said her client may have visited friends in New York and been trapped by Sandy.
Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com
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