By Dustin Luca
---- — A Norwell man accused of statutory rape is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing next week after being lured back to Andover by his alleged juvenile victim.
Andrew Whittaker, 49, of 62 Brantwood Road, Norwell, pleaded not guilty to statutory, aggravated rape of a child and enticing a child under the age of 16 on Monday at his arraignment in Lawrence District Court.
Whittaker was arrested last Saturday, Oct. 5, at around 1 p.m. after being pulled over on High Street en route to allegedly meet the victim, according to police Lt. Edward Guy.
Police are withholding any information identifying the victim, including specific age and gender, to protect the juvenile’s identity, according to Guy.
Guy said police used the victim to arrange a meeting and bring the suspect to Andover after being alerted about a previous “encounter” the two had at a hotel in the River Road area of town.
On Sept. 26, a family member of the victim reported “an encounter” involving the juvenile and Whittaker had occurred five or six days earlier at the hotel, Guy said.
The family member told police detectives the victim had maintained contact with Whittaker following the encounter, Guy said.
Police, through the victim, set up to meet Whittaker at a public location on North Main Street, according to Guy. But Whittaker was in cuffs before ever getting to that point, Guy said.
“At that point in time, Andover detectives had viewed him in the area he was supposed to make the encounter,” Guy said. “They knew who he was, they knew the motor vehicle he would be driving.”
Guy said a marked cruiser located Whittaker’s vehicle on High Street, which connects with North Main Street near Shawsheen Plaza.
Aside from the final moments leading to his arrest, little information on the case has been released.
Police records documenting the charges have been sealed at the request of the prosecuting attorney to protect the identity of the victim, according to Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.
At his arraignment, Whittaker waived the reading of the complaint against him, agreed to probable cause allowing him to be held and entered a not guilty plea, Kimball Monahan said.
Guy said Whittaker has a clean record, apart from minor motor vehicle-related offenses.
His dangerousness hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16.