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November 13, 2013

Man jailed after sexually abusing girls


While the incidents did not involve force, a 13-year-old is not considered legally able to consent to sexual activity, leading to the original rape charge.

Both of the girls told investigators that Soper had lied about his age — one of them discovering the truth only when she saw a calendar in his apartment that had his birthday circled with a note “Chad’s 21st birthday,” which was April 3, according to court papers.

When questioned by police, Soper’s live-in girlfriend said she had no knowledge of the events, according to court papers.

Soper, when questioned in May, claimed to have “no clue” why they wanted to speak to him, then asked for an attorney and ended the interview.

Police got a warrant, and he was arrested in August.

Hillis said the plea agreement was the result of extensive discussions with Soper’s attorney, John Morris, as well as with the girls and their families.

Following his release from prison, Soper will spend five years on probation, during which he’ll have to wear a GPS bracelet that tracks his movements and have no contact with either victim or with any child under 16.

He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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