Sep 18, 2014
Sep 4, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
Hampton man to face single trial for alleged child porn
BRENTWOOD - Prosecutors have won permission from a judge to consolidate two trials against a 22-year-old Hampton man facing charges that he recorded a sexual encounter with a young girl and posted the video on YouTube.
Robert Stephens, who is being held at the Rockingham County jail, will go on trial for the two cases on the week of June 17, a judge decided. The latest indictments against Stephens were handed up by a Rockingham County grand jury in December. Stephens was indicted on two counts of manufacturing child sexual abuse images, and single counts of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault, and felonious sexual assault.
Stephens allegedly met a 14-year-old Massachusetts girl at a beach last May and later recorded her having sex with a 15-year-old boy at a cottage in Hampton, prosecutors said. Prosecutors say Stephens, then 19, used a laptop camera to record the encounter, and attempted to join in.
"(He) is seen on said video to have removed his shirt and to give the camera the 'thumbs up', " Deputy County Attorney Tom Reid said in court papers.
Prosecutors say Stephens was pulled away from the girl by another person in the room.
Hampton police began investigating Stephens on Jan. 19 after a Newbury, Mass. school resource officer told them that a female student complained she found a video of herself online, according to a police affidavit.
Reid argued that the recording of the video and Stephens' attempt to have a sexual encounter with the girl were a "single criminal episode."
"The subsequent posting of the video is logically and factually connected to the other charges," Reid said in his argument.
Investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force were able to link Stephens to the YouTube account that had control of the video, a police affidavit says.
After recording the teenage girl, Stephens continued to contact her, sending her a message through Facebook, police said. In one message he told her she should "become a prostitute" and could "sell herself" for money, the affidavit says.
He also allegedly told the girl that "he wanted money" and could facilitate more sexual encounters, the police affidavit says.
"He stated he would 'set it up' so that she could have sex for money," said Hampton Det. Chris Gilroy in a sworn affidavit. Stephens allegedly told the teenage girl "it's not that bad," police said.
Stephens told investigators that he owned the video during a police interview and said, "I know I am going to prison," according to the affidavit.
READER COMMENTS: 3
- Son used AK-47 to kill mother, then himself in Amherst home - 31
- Police arrest two following Portsmouth fight with hammer and knife - 0
- Mass. resident arrested on warrant tied to Pelham donation jar theft - 1
- Manchester SWAT team swoops in on South Mammoth Road home - 0
- Pot plants worth $25,000 seized in Wilmot - 1
- Lawyers for Manchester man challenge competency of suspect in 2001 Auburn murder - 0
- Two-car crash in Salem prompts arrest of both drivers - 0
- Keene man charged with assault on 2-year-old - 1
- Former Nashua alderman's witness tampering trial postponed - 0
READER COMMENTS: 2
- Kuster, Shea-Porter split on vote to arm Syrian rebels - 0
- Man arrested in White Park stabbing in Concord - 0
- Motorcyclist in serious condition at Maine hospital following crash on Route 125 in Rochester - 0
- Rochester 10-year-old, grandmother escape fire in home with no smoke detectors - 0
- Dean Kamen is a genius inventor, and he's pretty good at oratory, too - 4
- Tom Herzig's Trackside: Modified tour is shortened - 0
- Patriots Notebook: Pats wary of veteran playmaker Woodson - 0
- College Football: Expect offense when Richmond, UNH meet - 0
- Young fighters' dreams on display tonight at Fight to Educate - 0
Two arrested, car and cash seized in SWAT raid, drug bust at South Mammoth Road home in Manchester
Keene man charged with assault on 2-year-old
Another View -- Bill Duncan: What did the NH Supreme Court really say about private school funding?
Every vote counts: Here is the proof
Casino gambles: Hopes dashed all over
Mark Hayward's City Matters: Dean Kamen is a genius inventor, and he's pretty good at oratory, too
- Mass. Supreme Judicial Court has found upskirt photos taken on a subway aren't illegal. Should such voyeurism be a crime?
- Total Votes: 917