Haverhill Man on Monitoring Bracelet After Alleged Rape of Disabled Woman

A Haverhill man, accused of raping a disabled woman in his family’s care, was released on $5,000 bail after his arraignment Wednesday in Haverhill District Court.

Joseph Gagnon, 50, of 177 Liberty St., was arrested by Haverhill police late Tuesday afternoon and charged with rape, indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and abuse of a disabled person by a caregiver, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.

Gagnon was ordered to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and to stay away from, and have no contact with, the victim.

Gagnon was first arrested by Haverhill police Monday, at about 4:15, on an abuse prevention order. No details were provided at the time.

In 2010, Gagnon reached a plea agreement after being arrested and charged with inappropriately touching a 17-year-old girl at a Groveland tanning business.