Former substitute teacher convicted on child rape charges

FREETOWN, Mass. (WPRI) — A former Freetown substitute teacher accused of repeatedly raping and molesting a 14-year-old girl nearly six years ago was found guilty Monday, according to Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III.


Gilbert Hernandez, 58, of Taunton, was convicted by a jury on five counts of aggravated rape of a child, two counts of rape of a child by force, four counts of indecent assault and battery and two counts of dissemination of obscene matter to a child.


Quinn said Hernandez knew the victim through a close friendship she’d developed with his son, as well as his role a substitute teacher in the Freetown Lakeville Regional School District.


Hernandez, who was arrested and charged in March 2021, was also a Sunday school teacher at a Freetown church that the victim attended.


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