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Man accused of rape during Emery Farm robbery testifies sex was consensual

By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent

May 22. 2018 8:59PM
Joshua Flynn took the witness stand in his own defense Tuesday afternoon at Strafford County Superior Court. He is accused of raping a woman during an armed robbery at Emery Farm in Durham last year. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Correspondent)



DOVER — The man on trial for allegedly raping a woman during a robbery at Emery Farm in Durham last year took the witness stand in his own defense Tuesday afternoon.

Joshua Flynn said he had sex with the then 23-year-old woman as part of a consensual bondage sexual fantasy designed to collect money from a victim’s assistance fund if she claimed it was forced.

“Why would anybody believe you about anything generally speaking?” prosecutor Joachim Barth asked Flynn before listing off a series of felonies the man committed in Rhode Island, including burglary and drug distribution charges.

“Just because I’m a criminal doesn’t mean I don’t tell the truth,” Flynn said.

Barth said Flynn tried to scare the two witnesses to the crime, who were allegedly bound up and had items stolen from them during the incident on March 10, 2017. Barth had copies of letters Flynn sent the women saying he would burn their houses down if they testified in court.

Barth alluded to the reasons why Flynn, who had previously pleaded no contest to his crimes in Rhode Island, is fighting the rape charges.

Barth said Flynn’s mother was angry he was charged with rape and that in the prison system being labeled a sex offender changes an individual’s quality of life.

“There is a hierarchy and sex offenders are at the very bottom,” Barth said.

Flynn repeatedly denied raping the woman.

“It’s not a story, Mr. Barth. You can ask me the same question 20 different ways. I did not sexually assault (her),” Flynn said.

After Flynn’s testimony, defense attorney Robert Watkins rested his case. Closing arguments are expected to be heard Wednesday morning at Strafford County Superior Court in Dover.


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