On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at approximately 5:30 am, members of the Wareham Police Department Detective Division executed a search warrant at #89 Stetson Road in Norwell MA, where 27-year-old Ryan Palmer was placed under arrest, due to an arrest warrant obtained as a result of an investigation regarding a sexual assault of a female teen in Wareham. Entry into the home in Norwell by Wareham detectives, assisted by the Mass. State Police and officers of the Norwell Police Department was made without incident.
On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, parents of the teenaged female reported to the Wareham Police Department that their daughter had been sexually assaulted by a male that came to their home after meeting the teen online. Detectives later learned that the teen met Mr. Palmer, who indicated he was 21 years of age and provided a false name, on mylol.net, a teen dating web site. After having conversation with Mr. Palmer online, the teen continued to speak with him on Skype, an internet service where each party can view one another. During conversations, arrangements were made with regard to a personal visit by Mr. Palmer to the teen’s home in Wareham, where a sexual encounter took place. Investigation conducted by Wareham Detectives regarding computer usage and web site addresses, along with assistance provided by Duxbury MA Detectives, led to the identification of the suspect in this case, whose true identity was learned to be 27 year old Ryan Palmer of Norwell, MA.
At the time of the execution of the search warrant at Mr. Palmer’s home in Norwell, MA, where he resides with his parents, several items of evidence pertaining to the sexual assault case in Wareham were recovered, including computer equipment and devices. The vehicle described as being used by Mr. Palmer was also observed parked at the residence.
Ryan Palmer was transported from Norwell MA to the Wareham Police Department, and later transported to court for arraignment on one count of Aggravated Statutory Rape of a Child. Mr. Palmer will be arraigned this afternoon at the Wareham Fourth District Court. It should be noted that Mr. Palmer’s Board of Probation record shows no other incidents of sexual abuse, although he currently has an open case involving the use of firearm in Norwell during June 2012.
Chief Richard Stanley would like to remind parents and youths that unfortunately, sexual predators are among us, preying on children through the use of computers and seemingly innocent online web sites to meet their victims. Children and parents are reminded to always use care and caution when using the internet and accessing certain web sites.