Alleged child rapist from Dracut returned to Massachusetts

By | October 17, 2020

DRACUT — An alleged child rapist from Dracut who fled to Michigan before his arrest earlier this year, and then allegedly cut off a GPS bracelet and fled there again after he was freed from jail due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been returned to the Bay State by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Department to face charges.

Michael Floyd, 32, is charged with five counts of rape of a child with force, eight counts of aggravated statutory rape, four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child, and three counts of rape in connection with allegations he sexually assaulted a girl he knew repeatedly over the course of several years, according to Meghan Kelly, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Marian Ryan.

Dracut Police announced Floyd’s arrest last week, and on Friday the Middlesex Sheriff’s Department said members of its Warrant Apprehension Unit returned Floyd from Michigan, where he had been held since arrest. The department said in a press release that it was the second time members of the Warrant Unit had returned Floyd from Michigan, because he also fled there before his arrest in March.

Floyd was eventually freed on personal recognizance even though prosecutors at his Lowell District Court arraignment requested $15,000 cash bail.

A district court judge set bail at $7,500 instead.

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Floyd was indicted by a Middlesex County Grand Jury on July 9. He was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on Aug. 18, and Judge Laurence Pierce ordered him released on personal recognizance, on the condition he find a Probation Department-approved place to live, wear a GPS monitoring bracelet, stay away from the victims and witnesses homes and places of work, have no unsupervised contact with children under 16, abide by a curfew, consume no drugs or alcohol, and have no indirect contact with the victim or family members, according to online court records.

But Floyd was unable to meet all of those conditions, so he remained in jail until Sept. 16, a day after Judge Kenneth Salinger allowed a COVID-19-related motion to release him immediately on a GPS bracelet, on the condition he reside at 370 Washington St., in Lowell, according to police and online court records.

Less than one day later, on Sept. 17, the court issued a default warrant for Floyd’s arrest, according to online court records.

Floyd’s arrest occurred on Sept. 30, after Dracut Police and Detective Meg Farley worked with the Sheriff’s Warrant Apprehension Unit and Michigan State Police to determine Floyd was in Buchanan, Mich., according to Chaput. Buchanan is a city of about 4,500 residents, located in Michigan’s southwest corner, just north of South Bend, Ind., and across Lake Michigan from Chicago.

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Chaput has previously said investigators were able to use IP address information from Facebook posts Floyd made to determine his location.

Floyd was ordered held without bail by Judge Kathe Tuttman in Middlesex Superior Court on Thursday. He is due back in court on Dec. 1.

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