LACONIA — A Hill man has been indicted by a Belknap County grand jury for allegedly sexually assaulting a close family member who was a minor at the time. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in Laconia over a period of time stretching from August 1984 to February 1991.
The indictments say that Ronald Wayne Martin, 65, of 217 Currier Hill Road first assaulted the female victim on Avery Street in Laconia in August of 1984 when she was 4-years old. The assaults allegedly lasted until February of 1991.
Two of the counts against Martin are for aggravated felonious sexual assault and two of the assaults are for felonious sexual assault — the difference being the first two have an aggravating circumstance such as force or penetration.
Martin was convicted in March of 1993 in Belknap County Superior Court of eight counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault against a different under-age female victim. During the jury trial, the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he assaulted his under 13-year-old victim in various different ways.
According to a spokesman for the N.H. Department of Corrections, Martin was sentenced by Judge Peter Fauver to serve three consecutive sentences of 7 1/2 to 15 years each. Five 7 1/2- to-15 year sentences were suspended. All totaled, Martin was incarcerated in the N.H. State Prison for Men from March of 1993 until his final release on July 10, 2006. He was early-released from parole in February of 2007.
After his first convictions, Martin appealed his cases to the N.H. Supreme Court, saying more that six-years or the statute of limitations has expired before his arrest.
"The justices ruled unanimously in 2004 to uphold the convictions saying that "no statute of limitations applicable to the defendant's alleged crimes ever expired prior to the enactment of a longer statute."
The statute of limitations for rape in New Hampshire is that it can be prosecuted up to 22 years after the victim's 18th birthday.
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