David Thrift of Vineyard Haven was sentenced to 10-13 years Wednesday in Dukes County Superior Court after pleading guilty “to a total of seven criminal charges, including rape of a child under 16 by force, and rape of a child under 16, aggravated by age difference greater than 10 years. He also pleaded guilty to intimidating a victim, assault and battery, and violating a restraining order,” reported the Martha’s Vineyard Times.
The charges stem from an incident that took place on July 23, 2011 when police received a call from Thrift’s wife that he had attacked her and then fled the house. Police took Thrift’s wife to the hospital and began searching for Thrift, leaving the 15-year-old live-in babysitter alone in the Thrift’s home with the couple’s three children. Thrift returned to the house and raped the teenager at knife point.
According to the Times, Thrift also pleaded guilty to two charges of solicitation to commit a felony due to charges that “he offered a fellow inmate money to kill a state prosecutor and his teenaged victim,” while he was incarcerated in the Dukes County House of Correction.
Thrift was sentenced to serve his time at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction, a maximum-security prison in Walpole. He will be also registered as a Sex Offender with the state of Massachusetts