Massachusetts school board member accused of raping 12-year-old student, officails say

Source: MEGA; Chelsea Public Schools

Aug. 12 2021, Published 11:11 a.m. ET

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A 56-year-old school committee member in Massachusetts was charged with child rape of a 12-year-old boy, police said.

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On June 28, a 12-year-old victim was walking in Chelsea when a man offered him a ride in his car, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Authorities said he drove the victim to a parking lot and sexually assaulted the child in the car. Parts of the sexual assault were captured on a cell phone camera.

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Members of the victim’s family found out about the assault on July 2, which is when they went to the Chelsea Police Department and reported the alleged child rape, officials said.

The alleged perpetrator was identified as Henry Wilson, 56, who is a school board member.


Wilson spoke with detectives on Aug. 9 and at the end of the interview, he was placed in custody, police said.

Wilson was charged with child rape and enticement of a child and was arraigned on Aug.10, authorities said.

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In a press release, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said, “This little boy did nothing wrong. He is 12 years old and should be enjoying the end of summer before getting ready to return to school. Instead, he is dealing with this. It is heartbreaking.”

Wilson was given bail of $50,000 and is set to return to court on Sept. 9, officials said.


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