Plymouth Businessman Charged With Rape
A former employee accuses Kevin Craffey of rape.
Plymouth Police have charged Kevin Craffey, owner of Craffey Companies, Inc. of Court street, with rape. Craffey, 48, of 59 Pill Hill Lane, Duxbury, allegedly raped one of his employees in a Brewster Street house Aug. 23.
A police detective interviewed a person, referred to in court records only as “The Victim,” in the emergency room of Cape Cod Hospital later that evening. Emergency room staff had used a rape kit to collect evidence from the victim.
In a recorded interview, the victim told the detective the victim had asked Craffey for a raise Aug. 17. In the afternoon of Aug. 23 he invited the victim to lunch at Sam Diego’s to discuss the raise. He said he wanted to first show his parents’ house, which he had renovated. He said his parents were in Ireland. They drove to nearby 18 Brewster Street.
According to the victim, Craffey poured a glass of wine and they sat on a couch. When the victim mentioned the raise, Craffey allegedly became angry and said he wanted to make it a fun afternoon. He became flirtatious and kissed the victim who pulled away and stood. He resumed the house tour, pointing out a walk-in closet in the guest bedroom. The victim entered the closet, turned and walked out to find Craffey naked and sexually aroused.
According to the victim, Craffey threw the victim onto the bed, removed the lower garments and began a sex act. When he completed the act, he went into the bathroom. The victim used a towel left on a chair to “clean up,” then folded the towel and returned it to the chair.
The victim told the detective when they returned to the car Craffey said nobody needs to know about the incident. When the victim asked about the raise, Craffey advised finding a job somewhere else.
The detective sought and received a search warrant for 18 Brewster St. the next day and contacted Craffey who would not talk. Craffey’s attorney contacted the detective. The detective, the attorney and a chemist from the state crime lab entered the house at 6:30 p.m. The detective photographed the rooms mentioned by the victim. The chemist found DNA evidence on the guest bedroom bedspread and the towel on the chair.
The chemist took the bedspread, the towel and the rape kit for further testing in Boston. With positive results from those tests, the detective spoke again with the victim Oct. 6. The victim had not returned to work, had trouble sleeping and had the sense of being followed. The victim agreed to proceed with charges against Craffey.
A Plymouth District Court judge accepted an application for a criminal charge of rape and issued a warrant for Craffey. Plymouth Police executed the warrant Oct. 17. Craffey appeared at the police station in response to the warrant and was released on $1,000 cash bail. Craffey appeared in court Oct. 18 for arraignment. Judge Francis Marini ordered him to have no contact with the victim and return December 6th for a pre-trial hearing.
Craffey was arrested in 2004, charged with illegal disposal of asbestos in New Hampshire. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail, 10 months deferred.