SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 38-year-old Massachusetts man charged with impregnating an 11-year-old girl denies raping the girl, and instead suggested that she might have become pregnant by having sex with him as he slept.
The Republican newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/2vFlNC7 ) that Justin Armstrong, of Springfield, was held on $50,000 bail after pleading not guilty Monday to forcible child rape.
His lawyer said he denies the allegations, is cooperating with investigators and voluntarily submitted a DNA sample for testing.
Prosecutors say Armstrong initially told police the girl said she had been abused by a relative. But when he heard she was pregnant, they say Armstrong raised the possibility that she raped him while he slept.
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The pregnancy was aborted. Results of DNA testing performed on the fetal tissue are pending.
Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/