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Police: Man free on bail sexually assaulted witness from same case

ATTLEBORO - Prosecutors say a North Attleboro man, free on bail and monitored by a GPS device on an indecent assault last week, went on to sexually assault a witness in the case only days later.

Paul A. McKay, 44, of 30 Juniper Road in North Attleboro, was sent back to jail Thursday after his bail was revoked by Judge Paul Canavan in Attleboro District Court.

McKay is alleged to have driven a 17-year-old girl from her home in Taunton to a Norton cranberry bog, where he indecently assaulted and raped her on Tuesday, police said.

The 17-year-old is a witness in an indecent assault case involving a 14-year-old girl, and believed McKay was driving her to a store, police said. McKay had driven to the girl's home and told her his lawyer wanted to talk to her about the case involving the 14-year-old.

McKay, who knows the girls, was arrested at home Wednesday night with the assistance of North Attleboro detectives on a warrant obtained by police after an investigation by Detective Todd Bramwell and Detective Sgt. Thomas Petersen. "He denies the allegations," said Norton lawyer Daniel Rich, who represents McKay.

After the alleged sexual assault, the girl told police McKay drove her home, where she reported the incident to her mother, who called police.

McKay was arraigned in the first case on Aug. 12 and was ordered held in jail on $20,000 cash bail and to stay away from the 14-year-old girl.

However, he appealed his bail, which was reduced to $5,000 cash with GPS monitoring a day later in New Bedford Superior Court, according to court records.

Over a decade ago, McKay was charged with rape of a child involving a different girl, but the charges were dropped after the girl recanted her story.

He is now being held in jail without bail and is due back in court Oct. 17.
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