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December 20, 2011

Rockport man gets 10 years for child rape

A Rockport man indicted in 2010 on multiple charges of child rape stemming from a series of grisly assaults inside a Gloucester store where he reportedly worked is now serving a state prison term of a 10 years and a day after entering a guilty plea in Salem Superior Court.

While 34-year-old Ronald Terelak, whose last local address was Whale Cove Road, will not be eligible for early release, he has been credited with the 735 days — two full years and five days — served since first being taken into custody by Gloucester police in November 2009 and while awaiting trial, according to Steve O'Connell, spokesman for the office of Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

O'Connell confirmed Monday that Terelak was sentenced to the 10-year and a day term after pleading guilty to four counts of forcible rape of a child, with the child defined as being under the age of 16.

He also pleaded guilty to four charges of indecent assault on a child under the age of 14, for which he was sentenced to 10 years of probation after his release. And he admitted to single count of carrying out unnatural acts with a child under the age of 14, for which he drew another, concurrent 10 years of probation following his release.

The pleas were heard and accepted by Judge Howard Whitehead on Nov. 30, O'Connell said Monday.

All of the counts and charges stemmed from Terelak's alleged assaults on a girl over the course of four years between May 2001 and April 2005, with the rape coming inside Gloucester's Sprint communications store on Old County Road, off Eastern Avenue.

According to police, the girl's stepmother had told authorities at the time that her stepdaughter disclosed past sexual assaults, including the ones initiated by Terelak, who worked part-time at the Sprint store and was a friend of another man who had also allegedly sexually assaulted the same girl from the time she was 5.

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