BARNSTABLE — A Sandwich man will be held without bail until trial, or until a possible plea deal, after he allegedly sent a letter from jail to another person, intended for his alleged child rape victim.
Barnstable Superior Court Judge Robert Rufo ordered James Slappey, 36, be held without bail pending trial after Judge Mark Gildea issued a warrant. Slappey has not left the Barnstable County Correctional Facility since he was arrested in May.
A woman found two letters from Slappey, one of which was intended for the victim, 14 at the time of the alleged rapes, Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Daniel Higgin said.
Slappey is charged with aggravated child rape with a 10-year age difference, child rape, posing a child in the nude, posing a child in a sexual act and possession of child pornography.
One of the two letters do not refer directly to the victim; rather, they refer to a name that rhymes with the victim's name, Higgins said.
The letter was transmitted to the victim after the recipient sent her pictures of it, he said.
Slappey allegedly wrote in the letter that, if he married the victim, he could no longer be charged with child rape. He also asked about her love life and stated he wishes he could have had more sex with her, Higgins said.
In the other letter, Slappey directed the recipient to "go find certain things," including marijuana paraphernalia and a sex toy used during his alleged contact with the victim, Higgins said.
The sex toy was allegedly found between couch cushions and turned over to a police detective.
"Our request is you revoke bail for this clear violation," Higgins said.
Slappey's attorney, Peter Aspesi, said his client did not understand that the conditions of pretrial release were binding on him because, as the name implies, he thought they were only in effect if he were released.
Aspesi asked Rufo to set the bail at what it had been, $25,000.
"I don't think he can post it anyway so it's kind of moot at this point," he said.
The letter was a clear violation of the conditions and ordered Slappey be held without bail, Rufo said.
The case is set for a possible change of plea hearing on Nov. 30.
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