CUMBERLAND – A local man convicted in June on multiple counts of first-degree and second- degree child molestation was sentenced to 60 years, with 50 to serve, during a hearing on Tuesday before Superior Court Judge William E. Carnes Jr., according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office.
John Rainey, 54, whose last known address was listed as 2545 Diamond Hill Road, had been convicted on two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree child molestation in connection with incidents involving a female victim starting when she was 8 years old, according to Amy Kempe, the attorney general’s spokesman.
Carnes sentenced Rainey to 60 years, with 50 years to serve, on the two count so first-degree child molestation and 15 years to serve on the count of second degree child molestation with the sentences to run concurrently. The remaining time was suspended with probation, according to Kempe.
Rainey was also barred from having contact with victim and will be required to register as a sex offender and attend sex offender counseling, Kempe said.
During his trial on the charges in June, a jury returned with the verdict against Rainey within 90 minutes of beginning deliberations, Kempe said.
The victim was alleged to have been molested by Rainey from the age of 8 until she was 13, Kempe said. Rainey was an acquaintance of the victim, according to Kempe.
The assaults on the victim in the 1980s and early 1990s came to light after Rainey was arrested by Pawtucket Police in 2011 along with Warren Prescott of North Attleboro for an alleged child molestation involving a different 11-year-old female victim. Rainey was not indicted in connection with that case, but media coverage of the charges prompted the victim of the past molestation to contact the Providence Police to report her molestation by Rainey, Kempe said.
“She came forward and told police of the molestation she endured all those years ago,” Kemp said. The victim was assisted by Day One, advocacy group for the victims of sexual assault and trauma in Providence, Kempe said.
The case involving the other 11-year-victim is still pending against Warren Prescott, Kempe said.
In Court on Tuesday, Special Assistant Attorney General Gina Lopes spoke for the victim during the sentencing hearing and also commended her for coming forward, Kempe said.
“She was a very brave woman who was not afraid to come forward and identify her abuser,” Kempe said.
Rainey has been held at the ACI since his conviction in June, according to Kempe.
Kilmartin credited the work between several agencies with bring the case to court.
“The cooperation between law enforcement, advocacy and prosecution brought this sexual predator to justice,” Kilmartin said. “I also commend the strength and bravery of the victim for coming forward to face her assailant, and I hope this sentence helps her to move forward in the healing process,” he said.