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Salem contractor gets 7 to 9 years for child rape By Julie Manganis Staff Writer Oct 15, Oct 15, SALEM — A Salem home improvement contractor charged with raping a year-old girl repeatedly during visits to his home on Eden Street was sentenced Monday to seven to nine years in state prison.
Daniel Beauvais, 51, pleaded guilty to four counts of child rape, three counts of witness intimidation and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child, on the morning jury selection was set to get underway for a trial in Lawrence Superior Court. The sentence was the result of an 11th-hour plea agreement reached between prosecutor Melissa Woodard and defense lawyer Joseph Keegan, and accepted by Judge Kathe Tuttman.
As part of the agreement, the element of aggravation in the original charges was dropped, eliminating a mandatory minimum sentence, and Beauvais pleaded guilty simply to child rape. His prison time will be followed by five years of supervised probation, with conditions that include no contact with the victim, her family, or witnesses in the case — including those Beauvais admitted contacting while the case was pending, in violation of a judge's order.
He will also be required to wear a GPS bracelet, register as a sex offender, and undergo a sex offender evaluation and treatment. Tuttman sentenced Beauvais to nine years of probation, starting immediately, on one of the witness intimidation counts, so that if he attempts to contact the victim or witnesses while in prison, he could face more prison time.
Woodard told the judge that the plea spares the victim, now 16, from having to go through a trial, though she also described the girl as "an incredibly resilient young lady" who has been successful in school and other activities. The girl's mother, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of her daughter, said they trusted Beauvais, a trust that was misplaced. But she also praised her daughter's resilience, saying that she went through "a very difficult period Beauvais, police said, would tell the girl that he had to apply ointment to areas on her body.