EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 24, 2013

Norwell man sent to prison for child rape

By Jill Harmacinski

---- — SALEM – A Norwell man will spend two to three years in state prison after pleading guilty yesterday to the rape and enticement of an Andover boy this fall.

The victim, 14, worked with Andover police to apprehend Andrew Whittaker, 50, of 62 Brantwood Road, in October.

In a plea agreement negotiated by Prosecutor Kristen Buxton, Whittaker pleaded guilty to rape of a child and enticing a child under age 16 yesterday in Salem Superior Court.

He was sentenced to two to three years in state prison followed by five years probation, said Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

During his five years probation, Whittaker must stay away and have no contact with the victim, have no unsupervised contact with children under age 16, be monitored by a GPS bracelet, complete sex offender treatment and register as a sex offender, Kimball-Monahan said.

Whittaker was arrested around 1 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 5, as he drove on High Street, en route to meet the victim, according to Andover police.

Police used the victim to arrange a meeting and bring Whittaker to Andover after they were alerted to a previous encounter between them. Whittaker and the victim had met in September in a hotel in the River Road area of Andover, police said.

Police Lt. Edward Guy said they were able to get Whittaker to return to Andover with the “belief there was going to be another encounter.”

Whittaker was held without bail in Middleton Jail following his arrest. He started his state prison sentence yesterday, Kimball-Monahan said.

Aside from details related to his arrest, little information on the case was released publicly. Court documents were also impounded when Whittaker was arraigned in October.

Apart from minor, motor vehicle related offenses, Whittaker had a clean criminal record, police said previously.

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