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Prior Charges Against Suspect in Armory Burglary

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    Army reservist James Morales' record dates back to 2009. The charges range from unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle to more serious accusations of domestic violence and child rape. (Published Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015)

    After the theft of 16 guns from a military armory in Worcester, Massachusetts, a 34-year-old Cambridge man who is no stranger to law enforcement has been arrested.

    Army reservist James Morales' record dates back to 2009. The charges range from unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle to more serious accusations of domestic violence.

    In 2011, Morales was charged with assault and battery and witness intimidation for allegedly punching his pregnant ex-girlfriend in Cambridge. According to court documents, she told investigators he threatened to hurt her more seriously if she called police. Those charges were eventually dismissed - which happens in many domestic violence cases.

    In 2013, Somerville Police charged Morales with stealing a rental van with his 2-year-old daughter in the vehicle. Police say she wasn't in a car seat or restrained in any way.

    A few days after that, back in Cambridge, he was charged with breaking and entering and beating his ex-girlfriend, then eight months pregnant, but she refused to testify against him.

    In May of this year, he was charged with rape of a child with force in Cambridge for allegedly sexually assaulting his friend's young daughter.
    That's why he was wearing a GPS monitoring bracelet - he was due to stand trial in Middlesex Superior Court in April of next year.