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Former Londonderry student charged with raping child

Union Leader Correspondent

October 04. 2017 2:56PM
Josh Pouliot (Londonderry Police Department)

DERRY — A former Londonderry student, now a dean’s list senior at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, is facing multiple felony sexual assault charges.

Joshua Pouliot, 21, of 27 Perkins Road, is accused of forcing an underage victim to engage in sexual activities between 2013 and 2017, according to court documents.

The charges include two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault forcible rape, two counts of felonious sexual assault forcible fondling, and two Class A misdemeanor counts of sexual assault forcible fondling.

Court documents allege Pouliot knowingly engaged in sexual penetration with the victim where he "overcame (her) through the actual application of physical force and superior physical strength."

In the two felony counts of forcible fondling, the victim was under the age of 13, according to court records.

Court records offer no indication as to where the incidents took place or how Pouliot knew the victim. One of the felony complaints alleges Pouliot engaged in a "pattern of sexual assault" against the victim.

Pouliot was arrested Oct. 2 after returning to New Hampshire on learning of the charges while away at school.

He was arraigned in 10th Circuit Court this week and held on $10,000 cash or surety bail. When released, Pouliot is to have no unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 years old, according to court records.

His attorney, Kristin N. Weberg, says Pouliot has repeatedly made the dean’s list at RIT, where he is studying advanced biochemistry and is in the midst of a research project. Pouliot has no prior criminal history, according to court records.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 12:45 p.m.

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