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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Child rape case from 1976 dismissed

A 30-year-old child rape case against a Lafayette woman was dismissed Tuesday when the victim, now an adult, decided not to go forward. Cheryle Dillard, 51, was to have gone on trial Tuesday at Dudley District Court, in Southbridge, Mass., on charges of rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older, stemming from incidents dating back to 1976. The policy of the Rocky Mountain News in most cases is to not print the names of sexual assault victims unless they waive their anonymity. But the alleged victim in Dillard's case, 45-year-old Sheila Benzer, of Provincetown, Mass., broke her silence in the case in January 2005, when her father, Lawrence Dillard - facing the same charges in the same case - died at age 77. Karen Foley, an administrator in the office of John Conte, district attorney for the Middle District of Massachusetts, said Benzer "did not come to court today, and she had expressed that she did not want to proceed." Cheryle Dillard, prior to Lawrence Dillard's death, said in a 2004 interview that the accusations against the couple were without foundation and that they were innocent.

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