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Wild story out of Ashburnham where John R. Briggs Elementary School Principal Andrea McGrath hired her 64 year old husband James to be a janitor, and he’s since been accused of raping an 18 year old employee multiple times. Try to follow along….
The principal of John R. Briggs Elementary School told her husband his conduct toward an 18-year-old district employee was inappropriate. But the warning failed to stop James McGrath, 64, from allegedly raping the employee in a classroom and later in a utility closet at the elementary school, according to court documents obtained by the Sentinel and Enterprise. According to police, McGrath had four sexual encounters with the alleged victim. McGrath, of 112 Main St., was arraigned in Winchendon District Court last week on 10 charges including multiple counts of indecent assault and battery and rape.
McGrath was released from custody after posting $2,500 cash bail or $25,000 surety bond and is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on June 1, according to court documents. According to police reports filed with the court, the alleged victim told a social worker in early May that McGrath, who was known to her and worked as a part-time school custodian, made repeated, unwanted sexual advances toward her and that they were escalating. Police said the alleged victim is a high-school graduate who worked in the elementary school’s extended-day program.
Not looking good so far for Jimmy Thunderpants.
The woman told the social worker that McGrath and his wife, Briggs Principal Andrea McGrath, had occasion to be in the same room with the victim sometime before Easter. She said she became uncomfortable when McGrath started rubbing her leg, according to a police report. Principal McGrath noticed her husband’s behavior, the alleged victim said, and she pulled her husband aside and told him his conduct was inappropriate, the police report said.
Wait…..what? They were all in a room together and the janitor starts rubbing her leg out of the blue in front of his wife? And her response was “that’s not appropriate Jimmy.” Best wife ever.
The warning, however, went unheeded according to the woman’s allegations made in the police report. In two subsequent instances, on April 1 (Easter Sunday) and April 12, McGrath allegedly sexually assaulted the woman at the Ashburnham home McGrath shared with his wife. After the second assault, the woman warned McGrath that he had overstepped “defined boundaries” that existed between them, according to police.
So let me get this straight. The 18 year old victim is at the McGrath home on Easter Sunday. Perfectly normal thing for an 18 year old to do on the weekend – hang out with her senior citizen boss and her janitor husband. He sexually assaults her without the wife noticing, then she comes back to the house 11 days later, gets sexually assaulted again, and calmly tells him that he “overstepped defined boundaries.”
What am I missing here? Why would you go back to a house where you were raped 11 days earlier? Are these old people the funnest geriatrics in the history of mankind? Why would you be there at all in the first place? And this has to be the most calm and collected rape victim of all time. I’ve never been raped before, but I would imagine that I wouldn’t tell my attacker that he had “overstepped defined boundaries.” I mean, what were the boundaries? No raping? Did that boundary really need to be defined?
Nearly two weeks later, at 4:50 p.m., on April 23, McGrath asked the victim to come to a classroom in an elementary school that he was cleaning, according to a police report. Police say McGrath proceeded to rape her inside the classroom, the court documents show.
Ummmm……newsflash – when the guy who allegedly raped you twice in the last month asks you to come to a vacant classroom he’s cleaning, DON’T GO!! High probability that he’s trying to do the nonconsensual horizontal mambo. Did she try to leave? Dude is a HARD 64 years old.
Not to minimize rape, but if you’ve already been sexually assaulted by this dude twice, why would you go into a room with him the third time? At the very least be prepared to kick him in the balls, because you know there’s a high probability that he’s not inviting you in there to help him wash the windows.
After that assault, the alleged victim told police McGrath “started to talk normal” about his wife “like nothing had happened.” It caused the woman to question whether her alleged assailant had morals, according to the police report.
Oh I see. It wasn’t until he “started to talk normally like nothing had happened” that he realized her three time rapist lacked morals. The rapes didn’t give that away already.
The final reported assault occurred on May 1, when McGrath was at the elementary school working a custodial shift. The victim told police she encountered McGrath near a stairwell, again about 4:50 p.m.
OK, why was the victim in school at 4:50? What time does this school close? And please, please tell me she ran far away as soon as she saw him…..
McGrath took her hand in his, which made the victim uncomfortable because children were around, according to the police report. The victim told police McGrath led her into a utility closet and raped her. Police said security-camera footage taken at the school shows McGrath and the woman walking toward the utility closet.
Oh for fuck’s sake. She walked into a freaking closet with him, freely on her own accord? Gee whiz, I wonder what was gonna happen in there?
Look, rape is a sensitive topic. I am fully aware that not all rape involves a violent struggle. I’m also aware that now we are NEVER supposed to question alleged victims. But nothing about this story makes any sense at all. On the other hand, I have a hard time believing the cops would make an arrest of such a public family like this unless they had something on the guy. I’m not saying the girl wasn’t raped, but good luck to her testifying against Jimmy Thurpants at trial. His lawyer is gonna have a field day with this one.