DOVER — A 46-year-old local man will likely spend years in prison after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a preteen girl over a year and a half.
Miguel Rasor was convicted on two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault for engaging in a pattern of abuse, aggravated felonious sexual assault, two counts of felonious sexual assault and attempted felonious sexual assault at Strafford County Superior Court Thursday afternoon.
Prosecutors say the abuse happened between Jan. 1, 2017, and June 28, 2018.
For prosecutors, the saddest part of this case, they said, was that the girl’s own mother did not believe her when she disclosed what had happened. The girl no longer lives at home.
The now 13-year-old took the witness stand during the course of Rasor’s four-day criminal trial and told jurors about what he did to her. Assistant County Attorney Emily Garod said the quick verdict Thursday showed that jurors knew she was telling the truth.
“I just feel so happy for the victim that the jurors believed her and held the defendant accountable,” Garod said. “This little girl had not been believed by some of the people she cared about the most.”
During the trial, defense attorney John Durkin insinuated that the girl was lying or confused about who was touching her inappropriately. Garod shot back during her closing argument Thursday morning, saying Durkin would say whatever he could to get Rasor off.
“It’s not reasonable for you to believe (the victim) would go through this process and would lie when she had absolutely no motive to do so. She has lost everything,” Garod said.
After the verdict was read, family members wept as Rasor was handcuffed and lead from the courtroom. He was immediately transported to Strafford County House of Corrections.
Rasor will likely be sentenced within the next 90 days.