Bernardston man set for Jan. trial


Staff Writer
Published: 11/23/2018 1:21:59 PM

BERNARDSTON — A Bernardston man accused of sexually assaulting a minor he met online is scheduled to go on trial in Middlesex District Court in Woburn early next year.

Raymond G. Phelps, 27, is set to appear before a jury starting Jan. 8, 2019. He has been charged with rape of a child and enticement of a child under the age of 16.

He pleaded not not guilty at his Feb. 21, 2017, arraignment in Framingham District Court. Phelps posted bail, but Judge Ellen Caulo required him to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet, have no contact with the alleged victim and not use social media.

Phelps is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl in his pickup truck down the street from her home after the two went to the movies.

The two reportedly connected via Omegle, a free online chat website that facilitates conversations between users from around the world. They then exchanged information using a messaging app.

Phelps also allegedly touched the girl sexually during the movie.

Phelps is represented by Daniel Cappetta of Cappetta Law Offices in Framingham. A call to Cappetta for comment was not returned by presstime.

Reach Domenic Poli at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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