Londonderry man arraigned on charges of sexual assault against young girlBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
May 21. 2014 7:36PM
BRENTWOOD — A Londonderry man is facing charges that he sexually assaulted a young girl over the course of nine years, according to prosecutors.
Christopher Plummer, 49, was arraigned Wednesday in Rockingham County Superior Court on six counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges. Plummer has been free on an electronic monitoring bracelet since shortly after his arrest in February.
Assistant County Attorney Terri Harrington asked a judge on Wednesday for Plummer to undergo an assessment by the sheriff’s department for pre-trial detainees who are on electronic monitoring. The assessment would include a risk assessment by the sheriff’s department and a visit to where he is living while free on bail. Judge N. William Delker approved Harrington’s request.
A grand jury indicted Plummer earlier this month on the charges roughly three months after he was arrested by Londonderry police.
Prosecutors say Plummer sexually assaulted the girl, carrying out a pattern of abuse that spanned from January 2003 to January 2012.
Londonderry police began investigating Plummer last year when the girl, now 17, disclosed to investigators she had been repeatedly sexually assaulted.
Plummer is accused of entering the girl’s bedroom when she was sleeping inside a Londonderry home and allegedly making the girl engage in sexual acts, according to police. The girl was between the ages of 6 and 14 when he was being sexually abused by Plummer, according to prosecutors. Londonderry police arrested Plummer at his home Feb. 11.
If a jury convicts Plummer, each of the felony charges are punishable by up to 10 to 20 years in state prison and a $4,000 fine, according to prosecutors.
Plummer initially faced three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. The three new charges added by the grand jury essentially doubled his potential maximum sentence of 60 to 120 years in state prison.