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January 16. 2014 10:53PM

Nashua man charged in child sexual assault


NASHUA — A Nashua man has been arrested on charges he sexually assaulted a young girl between 2011 and 2012.

Police began investigating the assault allegations on Dec. 23 after the girl, now 10, shared details about the incidents to Ashley Rossiter, a caseworker with the Department of Children, Youth and Families who was doing a home check at the child’s residence, according to court documents.

Robert Emmons, 55, of 959 W. Hollis St., was charged with three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. He is being held on $100,000 cash bail, police said.

Rossiter learned that the girl had originally told her father about the assaults, but despite her openness, police were never notified and the child still has frequent contact with Emmons, according to an affidavit on file at the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division.

The alleged assaults took place at the girl’s home and inside a vehicle on the family’s property, court records indicate.

According to a police affidavit filed by Officer James Testaverde of the Nashua Police Department, the girl told her father after several incidents, at which time her father confronted Emmons in a rage, ordering Emmons to stay away from his daughter.

Once questioned, the girl’s father — whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim — told police that his daughter never provided him with any specific details about the assaults.

“He believed that he could handle the situation and never contacted law enforcement or DCYF to report the incident,” says Testaverde’s affidavit, adding the father maintained that he did not know the extent of the sexual encounters.

When authorities questioned Emmons about the allegations, Emmons told police that he does not have any contact with the victim because the girl’s father told him to stay away from her, according to court documents.

A relative of the victim, however, shared with police that he witnessed at least one incident. The same relative, according to court records, witnessed the girl tell her father about the incidents at which time the father “became extremely mad” with Emmons and again confronted him about the assaults.

Emmons has been ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family, and to have no contact with anyone under the age of 16. He will be back in court on Jan. 23 for a probable cause hearing.

The felony charges carry a penalty of 10 to 20 years in prison for each offense.

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