Amherst man arraigned on child rape, indecent assault and battery charges 

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Staff Writer
Monday, April 12, 2021

NORTHAMPTON — An Amherst man who allegedly sexually assaulted two children in Amherst between January 2013 and April 2015 was arraigned on 10 felony charges in Hampshire Superior Court on March 31.

Jorge A. Castillo, 39, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on two counts of aggravated rape of a child, five-year age difference; six counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14; one count of open and gross lewdness; and one count of intimidating a witness, juror, police or court official.

Castillo was released on personal recognizance by Judge Richard J. Carey with several conditions, including that he have no unsupervised direct contact with any child under the age of 16, or reside with or spend overnights with any child under the age of 16, and to not be employed or participate in any volunteer activity where he would have contact with any child under the age of 16.

In addition, he has to stay away from and have no contact with the victims and provide the Department of Probation with his current address and all phone numbers, while also reporting to the department on a regular schedule.