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Dover man found not guilty of sex assault but convicted of drugging three women in Portsmouth
Aaron Bonds was found not guilty of sexually assaulting a woman, but guilty of drugging her and two friends after a night of bar hopping in downtown Portsmouth in July 2012. (JAMES A. KIMBLE PHOTO)
A jury foreperson acknowledged to McHugh late Friday afternoon that their findings would likely not change if they were given more time to deliberate.
“Mr. Bonds respects the hard work and thoughtfulness of the jury in reaching their verdicts in this case,” Lavallee said on Friday afternoon. “As has been the case from the beginning, Mr. Bonds adamantly denies any improprieties with anyone.”
He faces up to 3 ½ to 7 years in state prison on the eight drug convictions, but for now, has dodged the potential for a much longer punishment on the sex assault charges.
Later in the night, Bonds met up with three of them at an apartment where they were drinking beer after a night of bar hopping. Bonds had put out more of the cocaine for the women to use, but did not take any himself, prosecutors argued.
The alleged victim of the sexual assault, and the two other women, who were granted immunity, all testified about taking the cocaine and knowing right away that there was something wrong with it.
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