Police Charge Groveland Man, 52, With Child Rape

(WHAV News file photograph)

A 52-year-old Groveland man was held without bail on multiple child rape charges in Haverhill District Court Friday after being arrested by Groveland Police, the Essex District Attorney’s office told WHAV.

Christopher Shramko pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape of a child with force and one count of child rape aggravated by age difference in front of Judge Patricia Dowling, who also ordered him to stay away from and have no contact with the victim, whose age was not disclosed.

According to police, the victim and Shramko are known to one another and Shramko is alleged to have raped her multiple times during one date “several years ago.” He was arrested by Groveland Police at his home Thursday night after the victim disclosed the allegations to a mandated reporter, who in turn contacted authorities.

“While these allegations are deeply troubling, we do not believe that there was a threat to the public at large,” Groveland Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen told WHAV in a statement.

Shramko next appears in court for a dangerousness hearing on Nov. 7.

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