Manchester man found guilty of taking minor across state lines for sexBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
June 12. 2018 7:35PM
CONCORD — A federal jury this week found a city man guilty of transporting a minor from New Hampshire to Vermont for sex.
United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced Monday a jury found Kurt Carpentino, 34, of Manchester guilty of transporting a 14-year-old girl with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 19, 2018. Carpentino faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison.
According to an arrest affidavit, Carpentino went to the girl’s bedroom window and started throwing pebbles at her window. When she climbed out, he took her to his vehicle and drove her to Vermont, the affidavit said.
They spent the night at an abandoned property owned by Carpentino’s sister, “the old Caboose Corners motel located at the corner of Alden Road and Missing Link Road” in Rockingham, Vt., the court document states.
When Carpentino was arrested by police the following day he told police the two had spent the night in one of the motel rooms and had sex from around midnight to 5 a.m.
Carpentino told police after he was arrested that he was friends with the victim’s mother. He told investigators he also had sex with the girl around Halloween after they’d attended a hayride event in Keene.
According to the New Hampshire Sex Offender Registry, Carpentino’s last known address is 43 Walnut St., Apt. 9 in Manchester, though court documents indicated he was living in Hinsdale when he allegedly committed the kidnapping and sexual assault.
In 2003 in New Hampshire, Carpentino was sentenced to a minimum of 14 years after being convicted of several sexual assaults of multiple victims between 13 and 16. Hinsdale police notified Vermont authorities after learning of allegations in that state.
Carpentino was subsequently charged and convicted of sexual assaults against four underage girls in Vermont and was given a prison sentence to run concurrently with his prison sentence in New Hampshire.
In June 2017, Carpentino was accused of felony obstruction of justice and violation of conditions of release, after Vermont State Police and the Hinsdale police were notified of attempts by him to contact his alleged teenage kidnapping victim and persuade her to change her statement.
“Those who prey on children will be prosecuted aggressively,” said Murray in a statement. “There is no place in our community for those who attempt to rob children of their innocence. I am grateful for the courage of the young victim, as well as the hard work and dedication of the investigators and prosecutors who secured this guilty verdict”.