Glocester man sentenced to life in prison for child molestation

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PROVIDENCE – A man who sexually assaulted a girl he knew at homes in Burrillville and Glocester from 2005 through 2009 was sentenced to life in prison this week by a Superior Court judge.

James Ballou, 45, was found guilty following a jury trial in February of one count of first-degree child molestation and two counts of second-degree child molestation against a girl under the age of 14. He was sentenced by Judge Daniel Procaccini to life in prison for the first-degree count, plus a consecutive 12 years for the two second degree counts.

Ballou has been held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions since the February trial.

After the conviction, Burrillville Police Chief Col. Stephen Lynch said, “I am thankful to the victim for coming forward and telling her story.”

“The defendant has finally been held accountable for his actions and our community is safer for it,” said Lynch. “I am thankful for the hard work of our officers and investigators, in both the Burrillville and Glocester Police Departments as well as the Office of the Attorney General, for their investigation and prosecution of this case.”

Special Asst. Attorneys General Ania Zielinski and Danielle Beauvais of the Office of the Attorney General; Det. Lt. Guy Riendeau and Det. Lt. Jason Cahill of the Burrillville Police Department; and Sgt. Kimberly Bertholic of the Glocester Police Department led the investigation and prosecution of the case.

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