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Lawyer takes stand in his own defense at sex assault trial
Lawrence Buswell, 53, takes the witness stand in his own defense on Wednesday in Rockingham County Superior Court. He faces two counts of felonious sexual assault. (JAMES A. KIMBLE/Union Leader Correspondent)
Buswell, 53, of Kingston was the final witness at his trial in Rockingham County Superior Court where he is facing two counts of felonious sexual assault.
The teenager, now 18, and his family were camping at Country Shores campground in Kingston, a business owned by Buswell’s parents, at the time of the alleged assault. The defense called three other witnesses, including Buswell’s twin 18-year-old daughters, to testify that the alleged victim was known for not being truthful.
Buswell offered no assessment himself about the boy’s veracity. But when asked by his lawyer if he engaged in specific sexual acts with the youth in July 2011, Buswell said, “I did not” and shook his head.
Buswell said that he told the teen that such an incident would likely have led to the boy’s family being kicked out of the campground.
Assistant County Attorney Lisa Cirulli quizzed Buswell about a July 23, 2011 photograph that showed the teen piloting Buswell’s boat and chatting with him. The photo was taken by one of Buswell’s daughters. “I have no recollection of him being on my boat,” Buswell told jurors.
She also asked Buswell about witnesses who testified that they often saw the 53-year-old on his boat with other groups of boys.
Defense lawyer Lincoln Soldati argued that the alleged victim was lying in order to avoid his own troubles with his parents. Soldati said the boy was facing a family court petition, known as a CHINS petition, filed against him by his parents in Massachusetts before filing a complaint against Buswell, according to the defense.
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