Fall River child rapist sentenced to 8 to 10 years in prison

By: Sarah E. Rooney

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) – A Fall River man that pleaded guilty to multiple counts including rape of a child has been sentenced to eight to ten years in state prison.

George Wamboldt, 35, pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court to two counts of rape of a child and one count of unnatural acts on a person under 16. This is Wamboldt’s second conviction, which comes eight months after he pleaded guilty to the same crimes in Plymouth County in October of 2017.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s office reports that Wamboldt met the 14-year-old victim via a social media app called “Kik” in January of 2015.  Through the app, Wamboldt messaged the victim and eventually arranged to both visit the victim in Plymouth County on multiple occasions and have the victim come to his apartment in Fall River, despite knowing the victim’s age. During both visits, Wamboldt forced the victim into sexual interactions.

During the time of his grooming and engagements with the victim, Wamboldt was an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Fall River Police Department. Wamboldt was dismissed from the program as soon as he was arrested.

Judge Susan E. Sullivan, who presided over the case, sentenced Wamboldt serve a full eight to ten year sentence in state prison, in addition to the sentence for his crimes in Plymouth. Following his release, Wamboldt will be placed on supervised probation for three years, which entails conditions including registering as a sex offender, submitting his DNA, and making no contact with the victim.

Fall River District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III released the following statement about the sentencing:

“I am pleased that this defendant was held accountable for this perverted behavior with a girl much younger than him.  His position as auxiliary police officer at the time of these offenses is particularly disturbing. He will serve additional prison time on top of the sentence that he is serving in Plymouth County for other sexual offenses with the same victim.” 

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