Jury finds 17-year-old Pittsfield boy guilty of raping young girl in 2019

Berkshire County

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After nearly two weeks on trial, a Pittsfield teenage boy was found guilty Thursday of violently raping a 14-year-old girl in 2019. 

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office said a jury found 17-year-old Dylan Welch of Pittsfield guilty of aggravated rape of a child with force and attempted extortion. The jury, however, found Welch not guilty of assault with intent to rape. 

He will be sentenced at a later date. 

On October 14, 2019, Welch raped the 14-year-old girl in a wooded area in Pittsfield causing significant injuries to her, authorities said. The DA’s office trialed Welch as a youthful offender due to the violent nature and seriousness of the case. 

The trial began on June 14. 

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