Published DateLACONIA – As jury selection nears for a local man accused of 12 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault in Gilford in September of 2011, some details of the alleged rape are being made available.
While the original affidavits were sealed by the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division regarding the arrest of Michael Hilson, 44, of 665 Union Ave., documents filed in Superior Court indicate Hilson allegedly repeatedly raped a woman who was a guest in a home of a Gilford couple.
In January of 2012, Hilson was indicted on 12 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two counts of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault, and one count of simple assault.
The Daily Sun reported on October 1, 2011 that Hilson was arrested the next day by Gilford Police after an investigation but that affidavits supporting his arrest were sealed by the court.
Police alleged that on or about September 28, 2011, Hilson was visiting the Chestnut Drive home of a relative. After an evening of visiting, the couple's female house guest went to sleep in a guest room.
She said she awoke to allegedly find Hilson on top of her and already inside her.
The victim said she immediately tried pushing him off by using her legs and feet but Hilson continued to assault her by penetrating her with his fingers and penis.
She said at one point he allegedly got up, went to a nearby refrigerator and got a beer. She told police she remained motionless in bed, in fear, but he returned to room and began raping her all over again.
The victim said he sat on her chest and attempted oral sex but she clenched her teeth.
She said when he finished, Hilson allegedly got a cloth, cleaned her and then lay down and began playing with his phone.
She said she waited until she thought it was safe and ran upstairs to where her hosts were sleeping and told them what had happened.
The victim sought medical assistance and reported the alleged rape to the Gilford Police, who in turn notified Hilson's probation officer.
To date, Judge James O'Neill has ruled that Hilson's prior criminal record will not be admissible at trial and that his actions after the alleged crime — involving an alleged conversation with his probation officer — will also not be admitted.
Hilson's attorneys, Public Defenders Jesse Friedman and John Bresaw, have also asked for the right to voir dire — or to question the potential jurors with their own questions — but were told by O'Neill that he would ask the questions with input from both the Assistant County Prosecutor Carley Ahern and the defense team.
O'Neill also denied Friedman and Bresaw's request for 15 peremptory challenges of potential jurors and limited them to the standard three. A peremptory challenge is when an attorney can bypass any potential juror for nearly any reason.
Hilson is being held on $100,000 cash-only bail and is at the Belknap County House of Corrections awaiting trial.
On Thursday, there will be a hearing to determine of one of the prosecution's witnesses may be compromising himself by testifying. The witness allegedly assaulted Hilson after he heard about the alleged rape.