LACONIA — A Gilford man who allegedly raped his live-in girlfriend as she was trying to leave him is being held on $10,000 cash bail and $50,000 personal recognizance bail following his appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.
According to affidavits obtained from the court, Carroll R. Thompson, 44, of 2652 Lakeshore Road used physical force to get the woman onto the floor, pin her head with his arm and forcibly separate her legs. The alleged victim told police this happened in front of their 3-year-old child.
She told police she had packed her belongings and the child's, and they were preparing to move to a different location. In court yesterday, Concord was mentioned as the possible destination.
The report came to police about 30 minutes after the alleged assault and police were able to confirm the woman's claim that she had twice tried unsuccessfully to call 911 by looking at her cell phone.
While Gilford Police were taking statements from both Thompson and the alleged victim, a different officer took the child to a family friend nearby, who told her that he had heard noises that were consistent with what the alleged victim told police.
In addition, the child told the officer that "Daddy was hurting mommy," "Mommy was yelling," "Daddy didn't stop" and other like statements.
During the woman's statement to police, she told them where they could find certain evidence, which they found, and were also able to confirm her statement that Thompson threatened to kill himself with a pocket knife he carried. Police affidavits said they found a slight cut mark on Thompson's wrist and took from him a pocket knife.
Thompson told police she had assaulted him and showed them a bite mark on his abdomen. The alleged victim said she bit him while trying to fight off the attack.
The alleged victim also told police that both of them had been users of methamphetamine but she had stopped at Christmas and had only one slight relapse. She told them Thompson was allegedly still using the drug.
In court yesterday, Gilford Prosecutor Sgt. Eric Bredbury asked for $50,000 cash-only bail, citing that police consider it a very serious allegation, that Thompson had been convicted once for bail jumping, and that he still poses a danger to the woman and her family.
Defense attorney Allison Schwartz argued that her client would agree to stay away from the woman, that she is moving to another community, and that she was leaving the house so Thompson could still live there. Schwartz said Thompson has a part-time job, is in no financial position to post $50,000 cash bail and noted the bail jumping conviction was from 1993 and not recent enough to be relevant.
Judge Jim Carroll ordered he be held on $10,000 cash bail, $50,000 personal recognizance, and set a series of strict guidelines regarding Thompson's future behavior should he post bail.
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