Rape Charges Dropped Against Local MA College Student

A grand jury did not find enough evidence to indict Kevin Treseler of Millis, the 21-year-old Stonehill College student who – according to what an 8 year old girl told police – had put his hands down her pants while he was working as a tutor in a classroom at her Brockton elementary school.

When the grand jury declined to indict Treseler, prosecutors moved immediately this week to dismiss all charges against him, as reported by the Milford Daily News.

“We will make sure this young victim has access to the services she needs,” said Bridget Norton Middleton, a spokesman for Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz. “But without further information, the investigation is closed.”

Given the medical evidence of injuries to the girl’s body, it is clear the child was abused, but it’s not clear by whom, said Jetta Bernier, executive director of the Massachusetts Citizens for Children, a children’s advocacy organization.

“Children very rarely lie about sexual abuse,” said Bernier. “On the other hand, you can imagine a scenario of a child who has, in fact, been raped, but not by this person.”

Treseler’s lawyer, Michael P. Doolin, told the media the district attorney’s move not to prosecute his client was welcomed by Treseler and his family.

“He’s a beautiful kid, he really is, and I’m happy for him and his family,” said Doolin.