Man on trial for rape a no-show at Berkshire Superior Court today

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PITTSFIELD -- The rape and abuse trial of Ciro Reyes-Palma that was expected to go to the jury on Monday in Berkshire Superior Court ground to a halt when the defendant, who was out on bail, failed to show up in court.

The whereabouts of Reyes-Palma, 41, are currently unknown, according to court officials. He is originally from Mexico and still has ties to that country.

Reyes-Palma has been on trial since last week on 11 charges, including multiple counts of child rape with force, for allegedly molesting a young girl in Great Barrington over the course of three years, beginning in the spring of 2009.

Reyes-Palma was free on $10,000 bail and has been present for all his earlier court proceedings.

On Friday, Reyes-Palma took the stand in his own defense and denied the allegations.

He said he was working six to seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. until 8 or 9 p.m. as a landscaper during most of the time the abuse is alleged to have occurred.

The now 15-year-old complaining witness said the abuse escalated over a three years to include rape.

On Monday, the attorneys were planning on giving their final summations with the jury then expected to begin deliberating.

A hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday to discuss the matter.

A phone call to the Great Barrington Police was not immediately returned.


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