A paraprofessional at the Mario Umana Academy was convicted this week of raping a developmentally disabled student five times in 2015 and 2016, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Tuesday convicted Jose Melendez, 55 on five of eight counts of aggravated statutory rape of a child under 14, the DA's office reports. He will be sentenced on June. 17.
Assistant District Attorney Amanda Paull of Hayden’s Child Protection Unit presented evidence and testimony at trial to prove that Melendez, while employed as a paraprofessional at the Mario Umana Academy, repeatedly raped a developmentally disabled student. The victim was in the sixth and seventh grades when the assaults occurred. Despite significant limitations in his ability to communicate, the victim was able to disclose the abuse to a family member. That disclosure led to an investigation by the Boston Police Department and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office that resulted in indictments in March 2020.