BROCKTON — A 36-year-old Lowell man was sentenced this week after pleading guilty in a Whitman rape case stemming from October 2016.
Charles P. Lovejoy was sentenced in Brockton Superior Court by Judge Brian Davis who handed down a 15-year to 15 years and one day incarceration in state prison, according to a prepared statement from Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz’s Office.
Lovejoy pleaded guilty to two counts each of aggravated rape of a child, and one count each of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over, subsequent offense and enticement of a child for sex under the age of 16.
Whitman Police were performing routine patrols in town at approximately 1:30 p.m., Oct. 17, 2016 when they arrived at the St. James Cemetery. An officer noticed a car with its headlights on leaving the cemetery and performed a traffic stop. After running Lovejoy’s license plate, the Whitman officer identified Lovejoy as a registered sex offender with a Level 3 status on active probation, according to the statement.
Whitman Police determined during their investigation that Lovejoy met his female victim online through the app, Kik. He drove to the victim’s home in a neighboring town to pick her up. Lovejoy then drove to the Whitman cemetery where he sexually assaulted the victim.
Lovejoy did not have any weapons in his possession but he was wearing a GPS monitoring device on his ankle at the time of his arrest. Whitman Police seized two cell phones that belonged to him.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Amanda Fowle and was investigated by Whitman Police, according to the statement.