Marlborough resident arraigned on child rape charges

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Marlborough resident arraigned on child rape charges
Derek Thistle, 32, of Marlborough, faces several charges, including forcible rape of a child. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

MARLBOROUGH – A Marlborough resident has been been charged with forcible rape of a child, aggravated rape of a child, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and open and gross lewdness in connection with allegedly sexually assaulting a male child who was known to him

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan confirmed that Derek Thistle, 32, was arraigned on Friday, May 3, in Middlesex Superior Court.

According to a press release from Ryan’s office, in July 2023, the defendant was allegedly communicating with the victim on FaceTime when he exposed himself. The victim’s aunt, who was also in the home, also observed the FaceTime, according to the district attorney. 

Following the incident, the victim disclosed that Thistle had sexually assaulted him when he was visiting his home a few months earlier.

At Thistle’s arraignment, bail was set at $10,000 with conditions that he stay away from and have no contact with the victim or witnesses, and that he have no unsupervised contact with minors. 

Conditions were also set that he remains in Massachusetts and reports weekly to the Probation Department. His next court date is May 17.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Marissa Milero; the victim witness advocate is Cassie Aviles.

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