Dartmouth man imprisoned for 2020 rape

Jan 5, 2023

A 27-year-old Dartmouth man was sentenced to serve three to five years in state prison this week after being convicted of raping an acquaintance after a New Year’s Eve party in 2020, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced Thursday.

Justin Camara pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court to indictments charging him with rape and witness intimidation.

The incident began after the victim and Camara attended a party at a mutual friend’s house on Dec. 31 2020, according to the D.A.'s Office.

During the evening, the victim became intoxicated and wanted to go back to her hotel room in Seekonk. Camara, an acquaintance of the victim, offered to drive her and she accepted after a friend vouched for him.

Instead of taking her to her hotel, Camara reportedly took the victim to the Capri Motel in Dartmouth where she repeatedly rebuffed his sexual advances, eventually hiding in the bathroom to get away from him.

While the victim was out of the room, Camara hid her cell phone and stripped naked. When she returned, Camara removed her clothes and raped her, the D.A.’s Office said.

In a phone conversation the next day between the victim, Camara, and a mutual friend, Camara acknowledged that the victim had said no multiple times but denied that it had been rape.

The D.A.’s Office said Camara also repeatedly told her “don’t do this” and offered her money, marijuana, and “help with groceries”.

The victim reported the crime to Dartmouth Police three days later and submitted to a rape kit, which detected DNA from Camara.

At the time of the incident, Camara was on probation r for an indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 or older in Fall River.

“I am pleased the defendant was held accountable for taking advantage of the victim and sexually assaulting her. It is concerning that the defendant was already on probation for similar conduct at the time of this incident,” Quinn said. “He clearly needs to be kept off [the] streets to protect this victim and others from this defendant.”

The case was prosecuted by Gillian Kirsch and the state prison sentence was imposed by Judge Raffi Yessayan.