Brockton man acquitted of child rape charges
By Maria Papadopoulos
August 9, 2012
Note: This article was originally published on EnterpriseNews.com
A jury has acquitted a 52-year-old Brockton man on 11 counts of child rape and other charges in a case dating back to 2006.
BROCKTON – A jury has acquitted a 52-year-old Brockton man on 11 counts of child rape and other charges in a case dating back to 2006.
The jury made its decision on Tuesday in Brockton Superior Court – six years after Brian Pike was first accused of child rape, his attorney, Patrick Noonan, said Wednesday.
On June 8, 2007, a Plymouth County grand jury indicted Pike on three counts of rape of a child with force, six counts of indecent assault and battery and two counts of dissemination of harmful material to a minor.
A 12-member jury found Pike, a Marine Corps veteran, not guilty on all 11 counts on Tuesday, according to the clerk’s office at Brockton Superior Court. Judge Robert Cosgrove presided during the three-day trial.
Pike, who is collecting disability after suffering a work-related injury in the 1980s, was hospitalized on Tuesday when the verdict came down and his court appearance was waived, his attorney said.
“When I gave him the news, he laid there speechless in his hospital bed and tears poured from his eyes,” Noonan said. “It was the look of a man who had the weight of the world lifted from his shoulders.”
Noonan and his father, Attorney Gerald J. Noonan, were Pike’s defense lawyers.
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