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Feds charge NH man in teen sex case

New Hampshire Union Leader

October 09. 2017 10:13PM

CONCORD — A New Hampshire man being held in Vermont without bail on charges he kidnapped a teen for sexual activities has been indicted on federal charges.

John Farley, the acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire, filed four counts on Oct. 4 against Kurt Carpentino, 33, including the crime of sexual exploitation of a minor for transporting a teenage victim from the Granite State into Vermont with the intent of engaging in sexual activity.

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.

Carpentino was arraigned April 28 in Windham Superior Court in Brattleboro, Vt., after being arrested for bringing a juvenile from Hinsdale to Rockingham, Vt. He was charged with three felonies — kidnapping and sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping of a victim under 16.

The federal indictment accuses Carpentino of “knowingly” persuading, enticing or coercing his victim “to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct.” The fourth indictment also accuses him of being in possession of those same child sex abuse images.

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, Carpentino was accused of two charges 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.

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