By MyFM's Rick Michaels - A Northbridge man was sentenced to 20 years in state prison yesterday after a Worcester Superior Court jury found him guilty of child rape aggravated by age difference according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Judge Shannon Frison also sentenced 39-year-old David Joyce of Northbridge to five years of probation with conditions that he register as a sex offender, stay away and have no contact with the victim and not have any unsupervised contact with children under 16.
The jury found Mr. Joyce guilty on March 2 of aggravated child rape, three counts of child rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery of a child under 14.
The victim testified during the trial that the abuse started when she was 6 years old and continued for several years.
“This was an egregious case of continued abuse against a child,” Mr. Early said. “I want to thank the jury for their hard work in reaching the verdict, the victim for showing such courage in testifying about the horrors she endured and Northbridge Police for their thorough investigation".