Child Rapists Among Hundreds of Inmates Freed in Massachusetts
Men released over fears of the coronavirus spreading through prisons
Massachusetts has released hundreds of inmates over fears the coronavirus will spread through the prison system, and among them, are men charged and convicted of raping children.
Two men accused of child rape are among the almost 830 inmates that the state has freed in the last month.
One man, 29-year-old Matthew Parris, was charged with raping two underage teenage girls this year.
Another man, 54-year-old Glenn Christie, was convicted of repeatedly raping a 12-year-old boy.
Both have now been released from prisons after Massachusetts’ supreme court ordered the routine release of hundreds of convicted and accused criminals.
Since April 3, Massachusetts has released 824 inmates from state prisons, as of April 26.
According to Breitbart, the state is releasing about 36 inmates every day with no end in sight.
The move is an effort to empty jails to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
There are about 110 confirmed cases of the coronavirus among inmates in Massachusetts prisons out of more than 310 inmates tested for the virus.
A total of 81 correctional officers and 23 other staffers in the state prison system have also tested positive.
Christie is one of the inmates set free thanks to the court order.
Parris, also freed from prison thanks to the court order, was arrested less than two months ago and charged with raping and sexually assaulting two teenage girls.
According to the charges, Parris had been working as a teaching assistant at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School when he contacted a 15-year-old student through Instagram.
The two met at a local cemetery, according to police, and Parris allegedly attempted to kiss her and touch her breast.
The victim said Parris gave her a bag with a sex toy in it before she fled.
More than a week later, police said Parris threatened and forced the girl to perform oral sex on him in the middle of a school day inside a closet.
A second victim told police that Parris had similarly contacted her through Instagram.
When the two met in person, police said Parris forced the girl to perform oral sex on him and threatened the victim’s family.
A day later, police said Parris forced the girl to get undressed in his car before driving to a location where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.
Parris had already pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated statutory rape, rape of a child with force, and kidnapping of a child.