Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that Frank Andrade (age 52), of Cumberland, pleaded guilty yesterday before Superior Court Justice Netti C. Vogel to 10 counts of first degree child molestation and one count of first degree sexual assault. The defendant changed his plea from not guilty to guilty during the third day of a jury trial. Upon entering the guilty plea, Andrade was sentenced to a total of life plus 20 years to serve, followed by 30 years of probation. In addition, Andrade was ordered to have no contact with the victims, must undergo sex offender counseling, and is subject to lifetime sex offender registration and community notification should he be released from prison.
During the start of the trial, one victim testified that on multiple occasions between January 30, 1987 and January 30, 1989, Frank Andrade, who served as a supervisor for the Cumberland Police Department's cadet program, sexually molested him starting when he was 11 years of age and was a member of the cadet program. The victim testified that Andrade exaggerated his employment with the Cumberland Police Department and promised the young boy more responsibilities with the program, but forced the victim to perform sexual acts on him.
A second victim was prepared to testify when the defendant changed his plea to guilty that he met the defendant in 2005 when he was in the sixth grade. The defendant groomed the young boy, offering him and his friends alcohol, marijuana and access to recreational activities and video games. Shortly thereafter, the defendant sexually molested the young man multiple times over the course of two years.
Police began to investigate allegations of molestation against Frank Andrade when, in June 2015, one of the victims disclosed the molestation to a trusted member of the Cumberland Police Department. Through the course of the investigation, police became aware of another victim. Based on the investigation and information provided by the two victims, Andrade was arrested.
Andrade was previously convicted for sexually molesting two other young boys. In January 1994, Andrade was sentenced to 15 years with five years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation on one count of second degree sexual assault, and on the same date he was sentenced to 15 years with five years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation, to run concurrent to the other sentence, on one count of first degree child molestation and one count of first degree sexual assault.
"This defendant has preyed on young boys for decades, and finally he will never be able to hurt another child," said Attorney General Kilmartin. "It is very likely there are more victims, and it my hope they feel comfortable coming forward to disclose the molestation knowing that police and prosecutors will do all they can to hold Frank Andrade accountable for each and every child he has hurt."
Cumberland Police Detective Sergeant Jolene Alves led the investigation and Special Assistant Attorney General Meghan McDonough prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.
Victims of Frank Andrade are encouraged to contact the Cumberland Police Department at 401-333-2500, and ask to speak with Detective Alves.