By Daymond Steer
OSSIPEE — A Conway business owner was convicted last week on charges involving a young girl in North Conway between 2002 and 2004.
Ryan Brooks, now 44, formerly of Kearsarge was convicted by a Carroll County Superior Court jury on Thursday on charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault and felonious sexual assault.
The jury returned a verdict in less than two hours of deliberation.
"Conway police did a great job collecting evidence," said Deputy Attorney Joe Quinlan. "That makes cases a lot easier to prosecute."
Quinlan also said the victim spoke well on the witness stand.
Brooks now faces a maximum of 30 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March.
"We are still deciding what we want to recommend," Quinlan said, adding that the sentence will be up to the judge.
At the time of the crimes, the victim was between 8 and 10 years old. She is now 21.
Brooks was convicted of groping the girl's breasts and genitalia. Assistant County Attorney Michaela Andruzzi indicted Brooks on the two charges in June of 2014.
"The statute of limitations on that type of offense runs for 22 years after the victim's 18th birthday," then police Lt. Chris Perley said in 2014. "If there are no other interceding events, that victim could come forward at 40 years old and report an offense."
Brooks ran a technology company called Brooks Communications that dealt with such things as phone systems. In 2014, Conway Town Manager Earl Sires said Brooks had done work for the town in the past but it had switched to another company.
Presently, the Carroll County Attorney's Office is involved with the high-profile case of Joshua Baud, 33, who was convicted of sexual assault in 2014. Judge David Garfunkle had indicated he wanted to reduce Baud's 7 1/2 year minimum prison sentence, and the New Hampshire Supreme Court recently ruled that Garfunkle would have the authority to do so.
The County Attorney's Office seeks to have the sentence remain, while Baud's defense wants it reduced to six years. Garfunkle had 10 days from Thursday to return a decision.