Wayland DPW foreman charged with raping child

A foreman with the Wayland Department of Public Works is facing child rape charges for reportedly assaulting a girl several times beginning when she was 5 years old, the Middlesex district attorney’s office said, as reported by the Boston Globe.

Donald Gladu, 59, of Framingham, raped the girl multiple times between 1998 and 2006, District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office said in a statement.

Gladu was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on four counts of rape of a child by force and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, according to Ryan’s office.

A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and he was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail, or $25,000 surety.

“The details of the allegations against this defendant are extremely disturbing,” Ryan said in a statement. “On multiple occasions, at several locations, the defendant allegedly raped this child. The victim has told police the abuse started when she was just 5 years old.”

Prosecutors did not say how the alleged victim knew Gladu, or if she is a family member.

Asked if Gladu had been placed on leave, Wayland Town Administrator Nan Balmer said only that his “status is being evaluated.”

“In that this is an evolving personnel matter we have no additional comments at this time,” she wrote in an e-mail.

Gladu is scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing on June 3. If he posts bail, he must submit to GPS monitoring and stay away from the accuser and her family.

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