John Knott Jr.

John Knott Jr., 63, formerly of Canaan is scheduled to stand trial today in Carroll County Superior Court in Ossipee. Police charge that he sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl in North Conway, while staying at the Eastern Slope Inn in April 2017.

OSSIPEE — The sexual assault trial of a former Canaan man is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Carroll County Superior Court.

John Knot Jr., 63, most recently living in Alexandria, is charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault for allegedly engaging in a sex act with a 9-year-old while staying in a time-share unit in North Conway at the Eastern Slope Inn in April 2017.

The case went to trial in May and concluded with a hung jury. Prosecutor Michela Andruzzi pledged to retry the case as the jury had voted 11 to one to convict, after deliberating for about eight hours over two days before notifying Judge Amy Ignatius that they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

During a final pretrial hearing on Sept. 25, defense attorney Lisa Wellman-Alley requested a continuance based on scheduled conflicts with a case she was handling in Sullivan County Superior Court.

Citing the age of the charge and that the complaining witness is a juvenile, Judge Ignatius denied the request, finding the defendant had not demonstrated a compelling reason for the trial to be postponed.

If convicted of the special felony, Knott could face a 10 to 30 years prison sentence and lifetime registration as a sex offender.

According to court filings, the prosecutor plans to call two members of the Conway Police Department as witnesses and a Canaan police officer.

The state has also indicated that the alleged victim will testify, along with her mother and grandmother. During the pretrial hearing, the defense again raised the issue of the competency of the alleged victim who is autistic. Judge Ignatius held a hearing and questioned the girl and ruled that she was competent to testify.

The trial is scheduled to last three days.

Sunday, October 20, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Friday, October 18, 2019
Thursday, October 17, 2019