Berwick suspect in child sex assault to have no contact with youths under 16

Posted Nov. 02, 2013, at 6:03 a.m.

ROCHESTER, N.H. — The 64-year-old man indicted on sexual assault charges for allegedly touching a 5-year-old child who was known to him, was ordered at his arraignment in Superior Court on Friday to have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16.

Quentin McKenney, 64, of 48 Mitchell Lane in Berwick, Maine, is alleged to have touched a 5-year-old child “under circumstances that can be reasonably construed as being for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification,” between March 29 and July 10 of this year, according to the indictment.

He allegedly touched the child in two places, each resulting in its own charge. As a result, he was indicted on one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one count of felonious sexual assault.

At his arraignment, the state requested his bail be set at $10,000 personal recognizance due to the fact that McKenney has no criminal history. The judge granted the request. McKenney was also ordered no contact with his alleged victim or the victim’s family.

Should McKenney breach any of his bail conditions, which include mandatory attendance at all court dates, he will be immediately arrested and detained until trial.

McKenney, who pleaded not guilty at the arraignment, said “There’s more to the story than the indictment shows.

“It just isn’t true and I think that will come out through discovery,” he added.

McKenney is facing enhanced felony charges which each carry a maximum sentence of 10 to 30 years in N.H. State Prison and up to $4,000 in fines.

A dispositional conference will be scheduled in Strafford County Superior Court.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

 

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