Rape trial begins for Pittsfield man

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PITTSFIELD — In the fall of 2014 through the summer of 2015, Francisco Reyes allegedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl while giving her massages and raped her when she would doze off after school.

Reyes' attorney, Nathaniel Green, argued that the accusations only came after Reyes, who was considered a trusted adult by the child, revealed to her father that she had a boyfriend; information she did not want her father to have.

Green said the alleged victim felt Reyes "betrayed her trust" by disclosing that information.

Reyes, 34, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape of a child by force and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

The assaults are alleged to have taken place on various dates between Nov. 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015.

Testimony, including opening statements from both legal teams, began Friday afternoon.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano, who is prosecuting the case, said he expects to call as witnesses the Pittsfield Police officer who investigated the charges, a sexual assault nurse examiner who participated in the investigation, and the girl.

Yorlano told the 14 jurors — two will serve as alternates — that the expected testimony will illustrate why the girl did not yell for help or tell someone right away when the alleged assaults took place.

"She didn't know what to do," Yorlano said.

Green said in the spring of 2015, the girl had discovered boys, began not coming home when she was expected and eventually told Reyes about her boyfriend.

Green asked the eight women and six men of the jury to pay particular attention to the timing, circumstances and details of the events and allegations when considering their verdicts.

If convicted on the rape charges, Reyes faces up to life in prison.

Testimony in the trial is expected to continue Monday.

Reach staff writer Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter.


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