Anthony Flye, found guilty
of raping a child, was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by 20 years of probation.
A Superior Court jury returned Tuesday with the guilty verdict against Flye, 40, formerly of Nantucket, accepting the charge that Flye cultivated a relationship with a family in Swansea beginning in 2003 and used that relationship to rape.
The same jury found Flye innocent of charges that he raped and assaulted the grandmother
of the child involved.
This verdict is just the beginning of Flye’s troubles.
He still faces charges of escape for 13 days he spent running from the law after he slipped away from a court officer on March 25, 2008.
Flye also faces charges of child molestation in Rhode Island.
Two Swansea women went to the police early in 2007 to accuse Flye of raping them both. Flye had taken on a dominant role in their family and spent time every month, visiting from his home in Nantucket.
The case was investigated by Officer Peter Robidoux and Detective Joseph Martin, Swansea’s sex crimes unit, and Flye was arrested in his million dollar home on Nantucket on Feb. 14, 2008.
Flye will face escape charges in another trial that has not yet been scheduled. The matter came up when Flye took the stand in his own defense.
He did not call it an escape, referring to it as “the balcony incident” during his testimony. He declared from the stand that he escaped from custody because he wanted to make sure that construction equipment he had at various sites in Nantucket was collected, stored and sold
Because Flye chose to take the stand in his own defense, Prosecutor Silvia Rudman was able to question Flye about the escape. She was also able to inform the jury that Flye had an extensive criminal record and that he has served time in prison before 2003.