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Man found guilty of rape, robbery at Emery Farm

Union Leader Correspondent

May 24. 2018 2:47PM
Joshua Flynn was handcuffed and guided out of Strafford County Superior Court Wednesday after a jury found him guilty of nine felonies related to an incident that took place at Emery Farm on March 10, 2017. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Correspondent)

DOVER — A jury Wednesday found the man accused of raping a woman during an armed robbery at Emery Farm in Durham last year guilty of three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Joshua Flynn, 47, also known as Joshua Anderson, did not show any emotion as the guilty verdicts were read.

Flynn, who moved from Rhode Island to Bristol in November 2016 after being released from jail in that state, was also found guilty of three counts of robbery and three counts of kidnapping.

After hearing the verdict, Judge Steven Houran asked jurors to determine if Flynn knowingly devoted himself to earning money by committing robberies. They answered “yes” to the special question.Enhanced penalties are now possible during Flynn’s upcoming sentencing hearing.

During closing arguments prosecutor Joachim Barth said Flynn was trying to protect himself in prison so that is why he claimed the woman consented to having sex as part of a scheme to collect money from a victim’s assistance program. Being a sexual offender affects a prisoner’s quality of life, according to Barth.

“His only resource is to create this fantastical notion of consent,” Barth said. “In a prison yard, he is just a 47-year-old short man looking over his shoulder. He’s got motive not to go in as a sex offender.”

Flynn allegedly took a 23-year-old woman hostage by tying her hands behind her back. Flynn then took her into a back room where he allegedly raped her, saying he was going to jail for a very long time and needed to have sex, according to testimony earlier in the trial.

Defense attorney Robert Watkins maintained that Flynn and the woman hatched a plan to stage an armed robbery at the farm during his closing arguments. He said the woman met Flynn through a prostitute.

“I’m not going to stand up here and pretend Mr. Flynn is a rocket scientist. It was a stupid plan,” Watkins said.

Watkins said the woman showed no signs of physical injury after the alleged rape.

“There would have been something. A bruise on the arm. A bruise on her back from laying on the floor. A bruise on the thigh from being put against the desk. Something. There was nothing,” Watkins said.

After Flynn left the scene, an ambulance was called and the woman was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Nurses and doctors who treated the woman found signs of trauma and said she was in shock, Barth said.

Flynn has two upcoming trials for his alleged activities the week before the incident at Emery Farm on March 10, 2017.

Flynn has been indicted on charges that he bit a man and struck him in the head while trying to steal a bottle of liquor at the New Hampshire Liquor Store in Farmington on March 4; brandished a knife at the Family Dollar in East Rochester while demanding cash on March 7; used a crowbar to demand money at the Rochester Shell station on Washington Street on March 7; used a knife to rob the Shell station on North Main Street in Rochester on March 8; brandished a knife to steal cash and a carton of Marlboro Red cigarettes from the Gulf gas station in Somersworth on March 9; and used a knife to demand money at the Shell station in Dover March 9, 2017.

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