Friend testifies she told accuser to report abuse; Testimony in trial of Mayottes.
WORCESTER -- A childhood friend of Joseph Mayotte's accuser testified Thursday that the girl told her in 2007 that she was being sexually abused by Mr. Mayotte.
Called as a prosecution witness at the trial of Joseph and Linda Mayotte on child sexual assault charges, the 16-year-old said she and the girl became best friends after the girl moved into the Mayottes' house at 67 Laura Lane, Northbridge, in 2004.
On the night of June 15, 2007, she told the Worcester Superior Court jury, she was with her older sister and the 10-year-old girl when the girl related that Mr. Mayotte "had been touching her in inappropriate areas.''
She said the alleged victim appeared frightened and unsure of what to do.
"We told her that she needed to tell somebody,'' the teen testified. She said the girl responded that she had already told Mrs. Mayotte but that she had not believed her.
According to earlier testimony in the case, the sisters told their mother what the girl reported to them and the mother notified authorities. When police and social workers from the state Department of Children and Families went to the Mayottes' home, the girl said the allegations were untrue.
Charges were lodged against Mr. Mayotte in 2009, after the girl again accused him of sexually assaulting her.
Under cross-examination by Mr. Mayotte's lawyer, Christopher P. LoConto, the 16-year-old acknowledged that she had been to the Mayottes' home many times and had never seen any inappropriate activity between Mr. Mayotte and the girl.
When the 16-year-old asked the girl about the sexual assault allegations on at least one occasion after June 15, 2007, the girl told her, "It's not happening,'' she said in response to Mr. LoConto's questions.
Judge Richard T. Tucker instructed the jurors that the teen's so-called "first complaint'' testimony could be used by them solely for the purpose of assessing the credibility of the complaining witness.
Mr. Mayotte, 50, and Mrs. Mayotte, 49, have pleaded not guilty to charges that include child rape, child rape aggravated by age difference, indecent assault and battery on a child, indecent assault and battery and assault with intent to rape. The allegations against them involve two children who were once in their care.
Mr. Mayotte is alleged to have sexually abused the girl over a span of nearly five years beginning in 2004, when she was 8 years old.
In his opening statement in the case, Mr. LoConto said Mr. Mayotte would testify that the sexual abuse never occurred.
Mrs. Mayotte stands accused of having a two-year sexual relationship with a teenage boy who fathered a child with her. She told investigators after her arrest that she was raped by the teen.
The former girlfriend of Mrs. Mayotte's alleged victim testified Thursday that he told her on June 4, 2009, that Mrs. Mayotte had "taught him how to have sex'' and that he was the father of the baby boy Mrs. Mayotte had given birth to in January 2008.
The now 21-year-old woman said she advised her then-boyfriend that he had to report the sexual abuse allegations to authorities.
Contact Gary Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org
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|Author:||Murray, Gary V.|
|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Aug 2, 2013|
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