By James Niedzinski
---- — GLOUCESTER — A 21-year-old Gloucester man is facing four charges of statutory rape and one count of providing alcohol to a minor in the aftermath of an apparent New Year’s Eve party in a room at the Cape Ann Marina resort.
Justin Todd of Pleasant Street allegedly engaged in sexual activities with a 14-year-old girl on Dec. 31, according to charges filed by Gloucester police.
Detective Steven Mizzoni wrote in his report that information regarding the case first came forward from Phillip Conrad, the principal of the Rockport Middle High School, on Jan. 7. The report states that Conrad told police a student had come forward about the incident at Cape Ann Marina.
In the report, Mizzoni states that Todd had partied with several teenagers at the marina, purchasing whiskey and vodka at the nearby Causeway Liquors across Essex Avenue.
Police who went to the marina obtained a signed receipt for a room paid for by Todd on the night in question, and on Jan. 8, a teenager, along with her parents, came forward to talk to city police about what had happened.
According to police, Todd allegedly engaged in four instances of sexual activity with one teenage girl who had been drinking, while other teenagers were either sleeping or out of the room at the time.
”A copy of a previous report alleging that Justin Todd has had past sexual intercourse with another 14-year old is on file,” the new police report added. Todd has also faced charges in the past of breaking and entering in Rockport, and on assault and battery charges in Gloucester.
In this case, when police asked the teen if Todd had warned her about confronting police, she replied “he told me not to say anything because he is too old to have sex with her,” the report stated. Under law, statutory rape is defined in Massachusetts as a case in which an adult “induces” a child under the age of 18 to have sexual intercourse.
The criminal complaints were issued on Jan. 10, and he was initially arraigned in Gloucester last Friday, when he paid $150 in court fees for a counselor.
As of Tuesday, Todd was being held on a $20,000 bail, which he has appealed in Salem Superior Court. If his bail is posted, there is a bail warning stating he is not to come in contact with a minor. His next court date, set for Feb. 4, is a probable cause hearing.
Staff writer Julie Manganis contributed to this story.
James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.