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Bernardston man found innocent of rape charges

GREENFIELD — A Bernardston man has been cleared of all charges in a Superior Court rape case.

Stephen Norwood, 48, was found innocent by a jury Thursday, after nearly two weeks of testimony.

He had stood accused of two counts of aggravated statutory rape of a person under 12, attempted statutory rape of a person under 12, and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person under 14. The charges stemmed from allegations that Norwood abused the underage girl over a five-year period starting in 2007.

If found guilty of the aggravated statutory rape charges, the defendant would have faced a state prison sentence of 10 years to life.

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