Eastham man accused of raping 14-year-old in Hyannis

heronbruceHYANNIS – On Wednesday June 24, 2015 at approximately 8 p.m., officers from the Barnstable Police Department were called to the area of Pine Avenue Hyannis for a missing 14-year-old juvenile female. Upon arriving in the area, patrol officers met with the missing girl’s mother, who had located her daughters bicycle by the side of the road. Shortly thereafter, the missing juvenile came walking down the road and reported that she had been raped. The young girl was transported from the scene to Cape Cod Hospital by Hyannis Rescue.

Detective Meaghan Cunningham and Detective Kevin Connolly followed up the investigation with the young female victim at the hospital where detectives were able to discover that the victim and suspect had been communicating online through Facebook and SnapChat for several weeks. The victim, however, reported that this evening was the first time she had met the suspect. The victim was able to positively identify the suspect as Bruce Henrique, a 24-year-old male from Eastham. The juvenile victim reported that Henrique had picked her up in his SUV and driven her to the nearby Oak Grove Cemetery in Hyannis, where she was raped. The victim reported that after the sexual assault, Henrique drove her back to the area near her bike and dropped her off.

Upon further investigation, Detective Connolly was able to discover through computer forensics that the victim had informed Henrique on numerous occasions that she was only 14-years-old;  Henrique, however, sent her multiple nude photos of himself in a state of arousal.

On Thursday evening June 25, the Eastham Police Department assisted Barnstable detectives in the arrest of Bruce Henrique near his home. Henrique was brought to the Barnstable Police Department where he admitted to picking up the 14-year-old juvenile and driving her to the cemetery on June 24th.

Henrique was charged with the following: 3 Counts of Rape of A Child Under 16, 2 Counts of Indecent A&B on a Person 14 Years or Over, Enticing a Child Under 16; and Dissemination of Obscene Material to A Minor.

Henrique was scheduled to be arraigned in Barnstable District Court on Friday June 26.
Media release and mugshot furnished by Barnstable Police

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