New Bedford man arrested in Texas on statutory rape accusations

NEW BEDFORD, MASS (WLNE) – A New Bedford man was arrested on November 9 in Beaumont, Texas after he fled Massachusetts for statutory rape accusations.

43-year-old Marvin Pineda is currently facing charges in Massachusetts of statutory rape of a child and witness intimidation connected to an October 11th incident that occurred at a Mohawk Court home.

Pineda is accused of entering a young girl’s room and digitally raping her and is further accused of attempted to intimidate the girl’s family into not pursuing charges.

The release says the incident allegedly happened at a house party, where Pineda was a guest.

An arrest warrant was issued on October 26th, and investigators were able to track Pineda in Texas.

Texas ranger arrested him without incident in the parking lot of a Traveller Inn.

A date for his transport back to Massachusetts for arraignment has not been set at this time.

“I am very pleased that the Texas Rangers, working with our office and our state police unit, apprehended the defendant after he fled to Texas to avoid prosecution. He will now have to answer for these very serious charges,” District Attorney Quinn said.

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