OSSIPEE — A Carroll County Superior Court jury convicted Moultonborough man on several counts of sexual assault on Sept. 16.
The defendant, Mark Boulton, 49, was tried on four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one count of misdemeanor sexual assault related to incidents that occurred in Moultonborough in July 2016.
He was found guilty of all the charges.
According to court papers, the underage female victim had been visiting family in Moultonborough at the time of the offenses, and Boulton was also a guest in the home.
The verdicts followed a four-day jury trial, with Superior Court Judge Amy Ignatius presiding. The state was represented by County Attorney Michaela Andruzzi and Deputy County Attorney Steven Briden.
The defendant’s counsel was Amy Ashworth of the New Hampshire Public Defender’s Office.
Andruzzi opened the trial Sept. 10 by asking the jury to listen to the evidence. “You are going to hear this young lady describe the things (the defendant) did to her when she was 15 years old.
"You are going to hear that she is embarrassed, scared and betrayed — that she has lost friends, family and sometimes hope, but she will come in here to this huge room filled with strangers and she will testify under oath. The defendant sexually assaulted her," Andruzzi said.
"At the conclusion of the evidence, (the state will) ask you to be true to your conscience, be true to the rule of law, and uphold justice in this case. That is the true function and great calling of the jury.”
Three days later, Deputy County Attorney Briden argued for guilty verdicts.
“The evidence all points to (Boulton's) guilt. We have proved each element of each offense beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant committed four acts of aggravated felonious sexual assaults against (the victim) and one sexual assault against her. (She) has been strong, consistent and unwavering in her accusation against him. She has paid a heavy price for telling the truth. But she was strong enough to come in here and testify. She has waited three years for justice.”
The Carroll County Attorney’s Office commended the strength of the victim, the support of her family and friends and the work of the Moultonborough Police Department.
Master Patrol Officer SRO Jody Baker and Detective Peter John worked to nvestigate the allegations, and Victim Services Director Heather Morgan worked with the family throughout the trial, it said.
The victim and her family wanted to extend their gratitude to the Moultonborough Police Department and the Carroll County Attorney’s Office.
At the conclusion of the trial, Boulton was taken into custody by the court and will be sentenced at a future date.