By Katie Curley
NEWBURYPORT — A Salisbury man charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a child will spend 7 to 9 years in prison.
Louis Mastrangelo was found guilty last week in Newburyport District Court on two counts of rape of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. Mastrangelo was found not guilty on two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child.
Judge Leila Kern sentenced Mastrangelo on Wednesday to a 7- to 9-year state prison sentence on the rape convictions and a 21âÑ2-year sentence in the house of correction, suspended 10 years, on the indecent assault and battery charges.
Prosecutors told Kern that Mastrangelo, 51, of 8 Garfield St., repeatedly sexually assaulted a child for a 31âÑ2-year period, between May 1996 and December 1999.
Five years ago, Salisbury police were looking for Mastrangelo and knew only that the man was living on the West Coast. Officials considered it a cold case.
But in early 2006, police started working the case again and soon traced the man to California. Then, in November 2006, they found him in Newburyport.
Police arrested him and charged him with two counts of statutory rape of a child and four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.
The officers in Salisbury's Criminal Investigation Department used Internet searches and other networks, including the sheriff's office, the state police and the Newburyport District Court probation department, to track Mastrangelo.
Mastrangelo must register as a sex offender, undergo sex offender treatment, have no contact with the victim or the victim's immediate family, cannot have any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16 and will be monitored via Global Positioning Systems.
The state had asked Kern to sentence Mastrangelo to a 15- to 20-year state prison sentence with 10 years probation. The defendant's counsel had asked for a two-year sentence with a lengthy probation.