Pittsfield man found guilty of rape, aggravated child abuse in retrial

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Berkshire County jury on Wednesday found a Pittsfield man guilty of rape and aggravated child abuse by an age difference. 

The Department of Justice told 22News 43-year-old Omar Enriquez was found guilty of three counts of rape and aggravated child abuse after the jury deliberated for nearly two hours in a retrial that began Friday, April 12. 

Sentencing has been scheduled for Thursday, April 18, at 9 a.m. 

According to the Justice Department, the first rape incident happened four years ago and involved a 14-year-old victim while Enriquez was 38-years-old. Enriquez was found guilty of raping the victim between May 17, 2015, and Nov. 9, 2016, when she was 15. 

During the first trial in July 2018, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the rape charges, causing the judge to declare a mistrial.  

That jury, however, found Enriquez guilty of disseminating sexual images and messages to the victim. He was then sentenced to two and a half years in the Berkshire House of Corrections. 

At the retrial, prosecutors said Enriquez started sexually assaulting the victim when she was a minor. Enriquez was arrested by Pittsfield Police after the victim’s mother reported finding an inappropriate image that he had emailed her daughter. 

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