Acton Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Sexual Assault of Minors

ACTON – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Acton Chief of Police Rich Burrows announced today that Daniel Napier, 60 of Acton pled guilty today in connection with sexually assaulting two minor children who are known to him.

November of 2019, the mother of the victims reported to Acton Police that she was concerned that Daniel Napier has been sexually assaulting her two children when they were visiting his Acton home.  The subsequent investigation revealed that the victims, a female and a male, were assaulted when they were between 5 and 6 years old and 9 to 14 years old respectively.  They  had been sexually assaulted on multiple occasions at the defendant’s home.

Napier was arrested and charged on January 26, 2021.  Following his arraignment, he was ordered held and remained incarcerated during the pendency of the case.

Napier pled guilty on October 26, 2022 in Middlesex Superior Court to five counts of rape of a child and seven counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. Judge Patrick Haggan sentenced the defendant to 15- 18 years on the rape charges and an additional three years on and after probation on the indecent assault and battery charges. The defendant was also ordered to attend sex offender treatment and to stay away from all victims and victims’  direct family. Upon release he also has to register as a sex offender.

This case was investigated by Acton Police Detectives and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.  The prosecutor assigned to this case was Courtney Linnehan.  The Victim Witness Advocate was Joanne Szeto.