Dover man gets prison for drugging 3 women in Portsmouth
BRENTWOOD – A Dover man convicted of drugging three women in Portsmouth before having sex with one of them while she was physically helpless received a 10- to 20-year prison sentence.
Aaron Bonds, 45, was chided by a judge during his sentencing hearing in Rockingham County Superior Court on Monday for giving the women cocaine laced with a drug that made them sick and unable to move. Bonds gave them some of the cocaine while the women were bar hopping in Portsmouth on the night of July 10, 2012, and brought them more of the drug at an apartment later on in the night.
Assistant County Attorney Brad Bolton argued for the 10- to 20-year prison term, citing Bonds’ long criminal record that includes a 2003 conviction for sexually assaulting a woman while she was passed out from either alcohol or drugs at a Somersworth house party.
Bonds was free on bail on another drug case on the night he supplied three women he knew with cocaine. The women noticed later that he did not use any of the cocaine himself and did not charge them for it.
“It’s my judgment that you targeted these women,” Judge N. William Delker told Bonds.
On Monday, Bonds received maximum prison sentences for three felony drug convictions that he will serve consecutively. A jury found him not guilty last month of aggravated felonious sexual assault. A mistrial was declared on two other sex assault charges.
Prosecutors said on Monday that they have not yet decided whether to retry Bonds on the two sexual assault charges.
Bolton said Bonds remained unconcerned when the women began getting sick right in front of him. The woman had no idea what exactly was happening to her, Bolton said.
“She was more concerned about dying than being sexually assaulted,” Bolton said.
Delker said he found the testimony of the 26-year-old woman who testified about being sexually assaulted as being credible, despite the jury’s findings.
“What you did in this case is extremely troubling,” Delker said. “You nearly killed (her).”
Defense lawyer Brian Lavallee argued that Bonds should have drawn a time-served sentence after spending nearly two years in jail awaiting trial.
He said that the jury heard evidence that one of the women deleted text messages on her cell phone and had not completely honest with Portsmouth police and hospital workers.
Lavallee argued that his client should only be punished for providing the drugs, not the sexual assault allegations.
“Quite frankly, it seems like sour grapes to me,” he said of the 10- to 20-year sentence.
Delker rejected that argument, saying he could take into account all of the testimony he heard at trial.
“This is about your conduct and what you did that night,” Delker said. “To argue that this is a simple drug possession case is a gross distortion of the facts of what the court heard during the course of the trial.”