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Holyoke man faces child rape charge

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A Holyoke man has been charged with child rape in having sex with a 15-year-old Hardwick girl he met online. Michael Theroux was ordered held on $50,000 bail at his arraignment Monday in Western Worcester District Court in East Brookfield after pleading not guilty to charges of statutory rape of a child, enticing a child under 16 years old, and assault and battery. The girl told police she and the 24-year-old Theroux, who originally told her he was 17 and lied about his name, had sex with her about three months after they connected on a social networking website.

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