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Mother describes daughter’s call in Dartmouth rape trial

Special to the Union Leader

March 19. 2014 7:35PM

HAVERHILL — In the rape trial of a former Dartmouth College student and rugby player, the alleged victim’s mother took the witness stand Wednesday afternoon.

She described her distraught 18-year-old daughter calling home last spring and attempting to tell her what had happened.

Parker C. Gilbert, now 21, is charged in Grafton County Superior Court with seven counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault after the woman told her mother, then Dartmouth and Hanover authorities, that she awoke in her Bildner Hall dormitory room last May to find Gilbert attacking her.

“She was very worried, unsure what to do, scared,” her mother testified under questioning by Assistant Grafton County Attorney Paul Fitzgerald.

“I made sure she had escorts everywhere she went” on campus, the mother testified, saying she arrived in Hanover to be with her daughter a couple of days after receiving her call.

When questioned by Gilbert’s attorney, Cathy Green, on some particulars of her daughter’s account to her, the mother replied, “I didn’t want to hear every grisly detail.”

In a trial that’s scheduled to last two weeks, the alleged victim was on the stand Tuesday and again Wednesday morning.

Defense attorneys deny Gilbert is guilty of any crimes, portraying the early-morning events as consensual sex between two young adults who had been drinking earlier.

The alleged victim, however, testified that Gilbert ignored her after she awoke and said several times that she did not want to have sex with him.

She said he had no permission to enter her unlocked room last May 3. In addition to the seven felony counts, Gilbert faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of criminal trespassing.

Paul Danyow, a Dartmouth student who said he was living in a room in the same dormitory as the alleged victim last spring, testified that they and another female student, the woman’s roommate, had attended a fraternity party earlier in the night after a session of “pre-gaming” in the women’s dorm room. He said that was a Dartmouth term for drinking before going out for an evening that could involve drinking games, which he said he later participated in at the fraternity.

Danyow said the woman was distraught that night after learning that her pet dog back in Connecticut was seriously ill and would have to be euthanized. He said her sadness prompted the three to call it a night and return to their dorm where he went back to his room.

Danyow said later, sometime between 3:30 and 4 a.m., he was awakened by a loud pounding on his door and opened it to be confronted by a loud, drunk and angry Gilbert, whom he did not know.

He said Gilbert, who lived on the floor above, mistakenly believed he was pounding on his own door and demanded to know what Danyow was doing in his room. He said Gilbert calmed down somewhat when he realized he had the wrong room.

Danyow said he did not learn of the alleged victim’s allegations against Gilbert until later that week.

Crime, law and justice Hanover Haverhill

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