A man is facing four counts of child rape and is being held without bail after his arrest Thursday night in Groveland, Massachusetts, police said.
Christopher Shramko, 52, was Friday charged with three counts of raping a child with force and one count of child rape aggravated by age difference, according to a statement from Groveland police.
Shramko pleaded not guilty during the hearing in Haverhill District Court, police said.
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Shramko was arrested at his home after police were contacted by a mandated reporter — trained, licensed professionals that includes educators, child care and social workers, foster parents and more — who'd been told by the victim that Shramko raped her multiple times on a day several years ago, according to the police statement.
Police didn't provide any information about the victim except that she is known to Shramko.
"While these allegations are deeply troubling, we do not believe that there was a threat to the public at large," Groveland Police Chief Jeff Gillen said in the statement.
Shramko is due back in court Nov. 7 for a hearing on Shramko's dangerousness.